Movie Details

PAPADOM

Could a loving husband fulfill his late wife's wishes? This movie tells a tale of Saadom who is a successful Nasi Kandar businessman in Pulau Pinang. His wife's last wish before passing away is for him to take good care of their daughter Mia. From a busy businessman who is so infatuated with his Nasi Kandar business, Saadom changes into a dependable father who is very much focused on his daughter's life. As Mia, grows up she gets a bit annoyed with her father's endless care and devotion towards her which at times seem too much to handle. A huge dilemma arises as Mia is all grown up and ready for University life. Saadom then panics as he has no idea how to fulfill his late wife's wishes while she's away.

Language: Malay
Subtitle: Na
Classification: PG13
General Release Date: 08 Oct 2009
Genre: Comedy / Drama / Family
Running Time: 1 Hour 55 Minutes
Distributor: TAYANGAN UNGGUL
Cast: Afdlin Shauki, Liyana Jasmay, Vanidah Imran, Noorkhiriah, Harun Salim Bachik
Director: Afdlin Shauki
Format: NA



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Review
Writer: Lai Swee Wei

Writer Ratings:
Overall: 3.5 Out of 5
Cast: 4.0 Out of 5
Plot: 3.0 Out of 5
Effects: 0.0 Out of 5
Cinematography: 3.0 Out of 5

Watch this if you liked: “Sepi”, “I Am Sam”

Afdlin Shauki's simple father-daughter tale in "Papadom" yells out a heartfelt story based on a 'what if' situation. "What would happen if my wife had passed away?" - that is the ultimate question posed by Afdlin in this touching family drama. The story surrounds itself on Saadom (Afdlin Shauki), who runs a Nasi Kandar business in Penang. He becomes too preoccupied with his work till he has very little time for his young daughter, Mia till a point where he almost forgets her birthday.

Soon, his life takes a dramatic turn when his wife passes away due to a car accident. He is then left alone to care for Mia and realises how precious she means to him. Interestingly enough, Saadom turns from a hardworking shop owner into a doting father dedicating his time and efforts into taking care of Mia. He even looked like he would go to the ends of the earth for her - Yes, he is that protective!

The tasty papadom gives the story a unique symbolic meaning. In the beginning, Mia's love for her father's papadoms is heavily portrayed, providing a well-pieced story in the end. The moral of the story is clear and understandable as it embeds a point of realisation on the importance of family. But then again in the film, Saadom goes to the extreme as he even takes up a job at her campus so he could be near enough to protect her. A real doting father. Surprisingly, the award-winning director and actor, Afdlin had confessed that his character Saadom is a real reflection of him if something were to happen to his wife.

The film's script and actor's performances are of good entertainment. With Afdlin Shauki behind the works, there is bound to be some witty lines and hilarious awkward behaviours. However, don't expect a lot of funny scenes as it is in fact a drama. Liyana Jasmay stayed true to her playful character Mia as she starts her new life on campus. While Que Haidar does justice to his character as the nerdy looking guy who tries to court Mia. Potential love interest can be seen between Vanidah Imran and Afdlin Shauki's character. However, the romance fell short of its performance as the focus heavily remained on Saadom and Mia.

"Papadom" is a down-to-earth film that stays true to the relationship between a single father and his daughter.

Cinema Online, 12 August 2009
   



 
 
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