Madame X

Madame X

Indonesia, 2011, 102 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Activism, Asian / Pacific Islander, Comedy, Gay, Homophobia, Sci-Fi / Horror / Fantasy, Transgender
Programs: Transgender Film Focus, World Cinema
Language: in Indonesian with English subtitles

DIRECTOR: Lucky Kuswandi

Madame X, the first feature film of Lucky Kuswandi, lets us have it all at once: the action-loaded superhero movie, the never-ending-laughter trashiness of queer comedy, and the social consciousness of political film.

On the day of his birthday, a mysterious woman appears at Adam's beauty salon and warns him of his upcoming future. Unsure what to make of the unclear prophecy, which revolved around a certain dance, Adam sets out to a bar to celebrate with his lovingly eccentric queer friends. Shortly after however, the whole group is violently attacked by members of a tyrannical homophobic political party that threatens to take over the whole city.

Blacked out and stranded at a seaside village the morning after the tumultuous fight, Adam is taken in by an old hospitable couple. The two turn out to lead a local dance studio and encourage the protagonist to stay with them and learn Lenggok — a choreography mix of traditional Indonesian and hip modern dance. Finding their intuition of Adam's exceptional dancing talent confirmed, the old couple integrates him into the life of the dancing community and finally initiates him into the superpowers of the Lenggok dance — as the soon-to-be legendary superheroine Madame X. Faced with her novel task to counter and eliminate the criminal actions of the tyrannical party leaders, Madame X pulls out her newly acquired weapons to bring back peace to the world.

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