Pintu Harmonika (2013)
It is a story of three people who have to live in a shophouse. The upstairs is where life goes and the downstairs is where the livelihood runs.
The first story comes from the most cheerful part of the shophouse, owing to the affectionate relationship between Rizal (17) and Firdaus (41). This father and son are like bestfriends. Rizal is a hard-worker who diligently helps his father in the store. The combination of friendliness, a worked-out body and living in a cool hang out place make him popular among friends at school. What’s more, this Bruce Lee’s fan is a virtual celebrity due to his blog and Twitter.
Rizal becomes another person on his blog. He writes that his father travels abroad all the time; he himself has been brought to Angkor Wat, and so on and so forth. In short, Rizal is in denial about his family’s condition. The problem is, he falls in love with Cynthia, a beautiful, idealistic and independent student. Rizal has to help her raise some fund for the school dance competition. In order to get her attention, he uses his popularity and charm in the fund-raising while at the same time keeps on lying about his family.
The next story is opened with Juni (14) and Niko (40), opening their shophouse door. Different from Rizal’s, Juni and Niko’s relationship is cold. Juni never feels at home there. Niko the father is always absorbed in his work. Diba, Juni’s sister is naughty and always makes her uncomfortable. Her mother, Ines (39), never wants to listen to Juni’s complains. It’s safe to say that Juni is no one at home. Therefore she lashes out everything at school by bullying her juniors.
One day Juni’s behavior is off the limit. Manda, her junior, slumped on the ground because of her. Situation gets worse when Juni learns that Manda is Kukuh’s daughter, Niko’s loyal customer who has just ordered 10 pieces of cloth with an option of 10 more if his office agreees. In the event of it Juni is suspended for five days, and during those five days she has to squat at home with her family. She has to face her family and the family business that’s about to collapse.
The last story happens in the shophouse that belongs to Imelda. This woman of early 30s lives with David, his son who’s in the third grade of elementary school. Imelda’s bakery is pretty popular with its angel cake. The Facebook marketing strategy seems to work. However, customers start to leave because Imelda recently is not able to make a smile on her angel cakes.
Just like the cakes, smile is also absent from her own face. She’s plunged into daydreaming as if life matters no more. Sometimes she just watches her only son playing the piano. How she truly wants to be a good mother for David with all her routines yet there always seems to be a distance between the two of them. Things get murkier when Imelda starts to listen to strange voices from the attic and David gets scared. Against all odds she tries to deal with everything and settle things down.