[Review] Đánh giá phim Autobiography (2023)

Fans of festival-class films are certainly no stranger to one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world, namely the Venice Film Festival. Indonesia has the opportunity to enliven the 2022 Venice Film Festival by screening an Indonesian film entitled Autobiography . Amazingly, Autobiography received a standing ovation for 4 minutes at its screening at the 2022 Venice Film Festival.

Autobiography is Makbul Mubarak’s debut film as a feature film director. Previously, Makbul was more active in working on short films. Apart from directing, Makbul also acts as a scriptwriter. This film stars a number of well-known actors, including Kevin Ardilova, Arswendy Beningswara, Rukman Rosadi, and other Indonesian actors.

Autobiography tells the story of Rakib who works as a caretaker for an empty house owned by a general named Purnawinata. One day, Purna returned to visit the house to campaign as a candidate for bupati in his village. Rakib accompanied Purna during her campaign activities and discovered something unexpected about her employer.

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The sentimental issue of abuse of power is close to reality

From the beginning to the end of the film, Autobiography invites the audience to only focus on building the relationship between the two main characters in this film, namely Rakib and Purna. Purna is told as someone with the rank of general who of course has power and is respected by those around him. On the other hand, Rakib is Purna’s maid who of course must obey her employer.

It starts with the relationship between the maid and the employer, which Rakib still feels awkward about. The awkwardness between the two lessens when Purna begins to introduce Rakib to the lifestyle of a ruler. Rakib began to feel awe of Purna, and even Rakib began to act like an important person around his friends, ever since he gained Purna’s trust.


The whole film outlines how power can be misused and can make someone behave arbitrarily, which is manifested through the character Purna. With her general status, Purna can make those around her feel helpless, even with only smooth but sharp words.

Those of you who have watched Autobiography will surely agree that the issues raised by this film are actually very relevant to our reality. It’s not uncommon, isn’t it, we see how someone acts as they please because they have a position or because they have connections with other people who have positions. In addition, the conflict raised by this film has also occurred in social life in real life.

Intensity that continues to build through the film’s slow pace

It should be noted that Autobiography is a film with a slow storytelling pace . But as the film goes on, the intensity of the tension that is built continues to increase slowly. So, the intensity that continues to build until the end of this film ultimately makes the audience continue to follow the story and maybe there won’t be a problem with the slow pace .

Slow-paced storytelling is actually the right treatment for Autobiography because this film is focused on building the relationship between Rakib and Purna. From people who don’t know each other, to trust each other, to the loss of trust that creates fear for Rakib for Purna.

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The intensity of the film began to build since Purna first appeared on the screen. Since her first appearance, the audience immediately felt uncomfortable with Purna’s figure when she said a fairly simple sentence, “Who said I drink coffee?” As the film progresses, more and more of Purna’s dark sides are revealed which builds a sense of horror from this film.

The winning collaboration of Kevin Ardilova and Arswendy Beningswara!

Autobiography does feature many well-known Indonesian actors in its films. However, this film clearly gives a big spotlight to the collaboration of Kevin Ardilova and Arswendy Beningswara who are the main actors. Most of this film features more acting from the two actors.

Kevin, who plays Rakib, appears so perfect and succeeds in making the audience feel sympathetic with his character. Kevin was able to convey the fear that Rakib experienced to the audience. The actor even appeared brave enough to play a scene where he was bathed by his character Arswendy. Kevin also did not deny that the scene was very scary for him .

Apart from Kevin, prepare to be even more amazed by watching Arswendy’s performance as Purna. Through his slick acting, Arswendy managed to make Purna a very scary character without seeming to be trying hard. To be honest, while watching this film, I was really annoyed with Purna.

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Dark, powerless, and unsettling are arguably the right words to describe Autobiography . The story of the official who abuses his power and the helpless household assistant manages to become a critique that relates to the conditions of society in real life. Coupled with Arswendy Beningswara’s acting, which looks so effortless , makes Purna a troubling figure.

After reading the review for Autobiography , are you interested in watching this drama? For those who have watched, don’t forget to share your opinion about this film, OK?


Zephyrine is an experienced film critic who has worked for many magazines and websites specializing in cinema. She has a deep education in film history and theory, as well as a passion for classic and independent films. Writing style: Zephyrine always evaluates films objectively and honestly, not influenced by external factors such as the fame of actors or directors. She often focuses on the content, screenplay, technique, and personal feelings to provide insights and reviews of the film. Her writing style is easy to understand and familiar to readers, but also professional and profound. Notable articles: "Step Up" - Success comes from the perseverance and relentless effort of young people "The Social Network" - A fantastic documentary film about the birth of Facebook "Moonlight" - A touching story about love and the essence of humanity "Nomadland" - A poignant journey of a mature woman "Parasite" - A sensational film of Korean cinema with profound social messages.

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