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A very disheveled pregnant woman sits on a rock by a waterfall, looking at the shirtless man lounging next to her.

Sweet Dreams

  Ena Sendijarević

  The Netherlands, Sweden, Indonesia     102 minutes


Indonesia, 1900. In the waning days of the colonial era, Dutch sugar plantation owners Jan and Agathe lord over an estate simmering with imminent rebellion. When Jan suddenly drops dead, Agathe forces their son and his pregnant wife to travel from the Netherlands to take over the family business. But when she discovers that Jan has left the estate to his Indonesian concubine Siti and their young son, both sides of the estate will go to extremes in order to survive.

Featuring scathingly sharp performances and set against a lush visual landscape with indelible metaphoric images, Sweet Dreams is an incisive and surreal satire that marvels at the absurdity of the colonial nightmare.

 Dutch, Indonesian with subtitles

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Film Credits

  •   Erik Glijnis, Leontine Petit; co-produced by: Erik Hemmendorff, Kristina Börjeson, Martien Vlietman, Mandy Marahimin
  •   Ena Sendijarević
  •   Lot Rossmark
  •   Emo Weemhoff
  •   Renée Soutendijk, Hayati Azis, Lisa Zweerman, Florian Myjer, Muhammad Khan, Hans Dagelet, Rio den Haas
  •   Martial Foe
  •   Judy Tossel, Laurent Médéa, Ena Sendijarević
  •   Lemming Film, Plattform Produktion, VPRO, Film ï Vast, Tala Media


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Robert and Penelope Steiner Family Foundation