United Kingdom: April 13 2018
United States: October 21 2017
Ranking: 9,771 out of 14,945 movies (up 1671)
7.3 by 3 media
'Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts' is set on the rural island of Sumba, Indonesia. Widowed Marlina, who lives alone, is left with no other choice than to murder the seven men who enter her home with the intention of robbing her of her livestock and money. The men also threaten to sexually abuse her. In an act that empowers her, Marlina poisons six of them, choosing to behead Markus, their leader. All appears well until the widow is haunted by the headless ghost of her victim, and accosted by Markus' successor, Franz, who wants Markus' head in order to bury the former leader. Directed by Mouly Surya, this is a film of female empowerment in a society where gender inequality is rife. While the film deals with some serious topics, there is also a light-heartedness about its narrative.