62nd edition | From 17 to 25 may 2023

About The Fox Exploits the Tiger’s Might

By Fabien Gaffez

Let’s not fear the words, this dangerously sexy short film marks the renaissance of the Indonesian cinema. The last time Indonesia was represented at La Semaine is in 1989 with Eros Djarot - the same year, La Semaine discovered yet another figurehead of the erotic cinema: Wong Kar-wai. Lecherous on the outside, The Fox…  is a unique cinema act, assessing the political portrait of that corner of the world: corruption, manipulation, prostitution of bodies and of minds. Masturbation is very frequent in this film. But one has to be stone deaf not to hear its loud cry: free, crazy, miraculous cinema itself eventually exults.