Another masterpiece of Indonesian movie makers. Habibie & Ainun, a true love story of The Third President of Indonesia, Prof. Dr. -Ing. B. J. Habibie, with his lovely wife, Hasri Ainun Besari. This sweet movie talked about their love since the first time they met until they are separated by death.
The story of this movie, which based on B. J. Habibie’s biography, began with the first met of Rudy Habibie (Reza Rahardian) and Ainun (Bunga Citra Lestari) when they were in high school. As the two smartest students, teachers and friends were often making fun of them by saying thay they were made for each other which later made Rudy hated Ainun and told her that she looked like Java-coconut-sugar because she was black. The time jumped to the moment they were graduated; Rudy as an engineer from Germany and Ainun as a pediatrician. Love appeared at the first sight between them after long time never met when Rudy brought a cake for Ainun’s family in Ramadhan. For Rudy, Ainun was no longer the black Java-coconut-sugar, but the white and sweet granulated sugar only.
Ainun, who was the loveliest maiden at that time, had many admirers, but the one she loved most was only Rudy. They married a few months later, precisely at 12 May 1962, and then Rudy returned to Germany shortly afterwards with his wife. Lived in Germany was not easy for them, lack of money was what they had to face mostly at that time, but the power of their love made them survived and fought until they had their established position. Rudy showed that he was not the one to be underestimated by the Germany. Bad thing appeared suddenly when a doctor told Ainun that she got ovarian cancer and fortunately, she survived.
Rudy as a genius person of Indonesia, had a big dream to make a plane for his country. This big dream slowly came true. Rudy was made Chief Executive Officer of the new state-owned enterprise Industri Pesawat Terbang Nusantara (IPTN) in 1974. His career in Indonesia increased from time to time, but not easy at all, but his dream to make a plane came true as Gatotkoco on 1995. In 1998, crisis happened in Indonesia and reforms took place with the students demanded that President Soeharto to step down. Rudy then was appointed to replace Soeharto, but it was not long before people accused him of corruption until he decided not to run for president again. In all that time and moment, Ainun was always there to support him, to be his medicine, to be a shoulder for him to lean on and to cry on together.
Happiness returned to their life, but unfortunately the ovarian cancer of Ainun appeared again and even more severe. This time, she could not survive like before. Rudy did everything to save the life of the only woman he loved the most, but nothing he could do if death came.
This movie is not only showing the romanticism between Prof. Habibie and his wife, Ainun, but it is showing the political condition of Indonesia at that time also. Indonesian also can see how the people in Germany have a great respect to Prof. Habibie, while Indonesian appointed him did corruption. Habibie & Ainun is not only a drama-romance movie, but also a historical and political movie at the same time.
I would love to say that this movie is one of the greatest movies that Indonesian has ever had. The acting of the two main actors are really impressive, especially the one who played as Prof. Habibie, Reza Rahardian. At the first minute I saw him, I do not have any idea that Prof. Habibie looked that idiot or Reza was just too much over act, but in the middle of the movie I realized that he was really looked like Prof. Habibie; the way he walked, the way he talked, even the way he sat. All Prof. Habibie’s cleverness is seen in Reza’s eyes. I gave all the thumbs I have for Reza’s act in this movie. For the one who played as Ainun, Bunga Citra Lestari, actually she also gave her best for this movie, but I do not have any comment about her performance whether it really looked like the real Ainun or not, becasue during her life, Ainun rarely appeared in public.
But, even though I said that this movie is one of the greatest Indonesian movies ever, this movie still has some shortages. Firstly, the appearance of the sponsor product in some scenes were very disturbing and did not make sense, because a product even have not existed yet at the time this movie set. Secondly, the kissing scenes of Habibie & Ainun which for me was not appropriate with the eastern culture, moreover the actress who played as Ainun, Bunga Citra Lestari, is a woman who has a husband and a son. The kissing act were also could be changed into another act; did not need to kiss in lips, it could be changed into kiss in cheeks or hands for more romantic. It did not talk about their professionalism in act, but in our culture, those scenes was not good to be seen by people. I think that the director got too many influences from western movie.
Overall, this movie contains a very nice love story. By this movie, we could see that the real true love is not Romeo and Juliet who tragically suicided to keep their love to each other, but Habibie and Ainun who grew old together and separated by destiny of death only. This movie is a good movie to end the 2012, but I think this movie would get more moviegoers if released right on Valentine’s day 😉