"BALINALE for me is unbelievable! My cultural venture where I learned from other filmmakers and watched films from around the world. A perfect place for dreamers." Putrama Tuta
(Director CATATAN HARIAN SI BOY)
Sequel to Laskar Pelangi- Belitung island, off the southeast coast of Sumatra, 1985. Three poor childhood friends - quiet Ikal (Vikri Septiawan), his orphaned cousin Arai (Rendy Ahmad) and stuttering fellow-orphan Jimbron (Azwir Fitrianto) - are now teenagers and studying at a pesantren (Islamic boarding school). The charismatic but unreliable Arai instills them all with the need to pursue their dream, and one day to study in Paris. Ikal wants his distant but loving father (Mathias Muchus) to be proud of him; Arai is determined to win the heart of snooty schoolgirl Zakia Nurmala (Maudy Ayunda); and Jimbron tries to be a devout Muslim. From the perspective of 1999, the adult Ikal (Lukman Sardi) recalls their ups and downs, especially with the school's strict head Mustar (Landung Simatupang) and sympathetic teacher Julian Balia(Nugie).