It is no wonder that “Fanny” is considered “classics”. It displays a theme that is relevant to any human being regardless of their age, citizenship, and status.
It turns out that classics can be very entertaining without even showing you any sexually explicit scenes or nude scenes like our contemporary movies. Not only women, now men too are objectified even more.
After watching the movie here, I like it even more as I found no antagonist character.
Every character is round and seemingly real. What I mean by “real” is that they have innately bright and dark sides, acceptable and unacceptable aspects, desirable and undesirable traits in the eyes of us viewers. These characters are not fully evil. Neither are they entirely angelic. They are just like people around us. Like us!
As a man myself, I can easily relate to Marius and what he feels about marriage. As much as he loves Fanny, a girl at his own age and whom he has known since his tender age, he also longs for an adventurous life as a sailor. At 18, Marius is an able-bodied young man who thinks he should go outside of his father’s small bar at Marseille’s waterfront. Thanks to Admiral’s advice, Marius decided to embrace the free life of sailor on a voyage around the world.
But Marius is also a man who longs for affection and love. He falls for Fanny and the night before Marius planned his escape from Marseille, they slept together and that is when the conflict arises.
Fanny believes she should let Marius go because she cannot let her lover sad and leave his dream of adventure at sea behind. But Marius also cannot make up his mind. He expects Fanny to hold him back. And thus he thinks Fanny doesn’t love him enough, accusing her of devising a plan to accept Pannise, an older and successful merchant who fails to have his own offspring after many years of marriage.
So when Fanny realizes she is conceiving Marius’ child, she panics. She loves Marius so much but he is nowhere around her. Pannise, whom she doesn’t love as much, is ready to accept her as is, ready to splurge her with love and prestige and certainty of future for the fetus.
Pannise, to my surprise, is not a fully antagonistic character. He too is a decent human who has a tender side. Though he wants Marius and Fanny’s son as a successor of his family business, he is aware that Marius is the biological father of the baby and can never change the fact.
Here we are displayed with a conflict that is beyond evil and good. Both characters are decent and they have their own situations to justify their actions. Marius is actually a responsible man but he loves sea too much. Pannise is actually a kind hearted man but he loves a much younger woman. Fanny is also a good girl, not as materialistic as we think, who happens to make a mistake and loves a man who is so young and too immature to make his own decision. Each character has their own fair share of problem and inner conflicts.
And I like most when Cesar (Marius’ father) said when Marius demands his ownership of the son after his comeback at Pannise’s mansion. This line is uttered when Marius and Pannise are arguing which one of them deserves to be called a father.
“A father is the one who loves…” – Cesar (Fanny, 1961)
Humans can change. After Marius knows his son and they meet each other thanks to Admiral’s help, he soon realizes that his son named Cesario needs him more than sea and the adventures that await him. (*/)
pada suatu hari nanti jasadku tak akan ada lagi tapi dalam bait-bait sajak ini kau takkan kurelakan sendiri
pada suatu hari nanti suaraku tak terdengar lagi tapi di antara larik-larik sajak ini kau akan tetap kusiasati
pada suatu hari nanti impianku pun tak dikenal lagi namun di sela-sela huruf sajak ini kau takkan letih-letihnya kucari (SDD)
That is the poem Sapardi wrote. Roughly translated, this is how it reads in English.
“ON A DAY IN THE FUTURE”
On a day in the future
My body will no longer exist
But in these stanzas
I will never let you alone
On a day in the future
My voice will no longer be heard
But between these stanzas
I will remain on your mind
On a day in the future
My dreams will no longer be known
Yet between letters in this poem
I will never get too tired to search you
Pak Sapardi came into my life when I was taking my Master’s between 2006 and 2009.
He taught “Literary Sociology” course in my probably second year of study. Soon I was in contact with him in person while he was teaching as an honorary guest lecturer.
As I was approaching the end of my study, I picked a novella titled “A Bird Named Enza” written by Dawn Meier as the subject of my thesis research and the novel recounts the Spanish Flu pandemic in 1920s (and I still cannot believe that I am living the life of the people I read in the novella at the very moment) and I analyzed it from the sociological standpoint.
As a lecturer, Pak Sapardi was respectable and had a wealth of literary knowledge that no one could surpass as far as our faculty was concerned. He was super seasoned, eloquent, versatile (he was a novelist, too) and articulate, making him a great performer and public speaker.
What I remember most about him is obviously his humility and simplicity.
His humility is shown by his attitude and tone while conversing with us in and outside of classes. He loved to share and teach and lecture. You can see him lecturing without us students feeling lectured or tutored. No stress, no intimidating jargon. No academic showoff.
Simplicity is his admirable second nature reflected mostly in his words. Despite his being a literary giant, he hardly ever talked to us his young students with words that are out of our grasp or beyond our ken.
I can tell he just showed us that he embodies what rice should be. Rice stalks with most seeds bow lowest.
“Morning Has Broken” might be the right song to sing at 5.30 am on top of the hill ridge that very morning.
I woke up at 4.50 am and got ready for a morning walk (or trekking as it involves uneven surfaces) with my best friend who got me here at the farm.
I hardly ever go outside before the sunrise in Jakarta in fear of cold wind (and the virus).
And now here, I had to deal with the chilly wind to climb up the hill in the absolute darkness which would soon be dispelled by the sunlight.
Virus is no longer on my mind. It was open green space and there were only 3 of us: my friend, I myself, and Pak Usaha who runs the farm with his team and also lives at the compound.
Pak Usaha led the way. I was a virgin trekker here and I had so much to anticipate.
We got the first post and it was a small hut made of bamboo (because what else is more environmentally friendly than bamboo?).
LETTING GO OF ‘PERFECT’ SUNRISE
Sunrise is certainly an everyday phenomenon but if you’re so used to urban living so you get chained at your work desk at home or at office, watching sunrise is simply a sublime experience. Something simple that we trade for a comfortable unnatural way of living, which turns out to spark the joy in us.
Watching sunrise is different from sunset. It requires more hardwork and determination. So if you do, you feel a sense of achievement and satisfaction.
But right there I did never think of such a thing. Who cared about achievement? No one would judge my experience of watching a sunrise on a particular morning? Silly, I think.
I watched the firmament only to find some lumps of dark grey clouds moving to block my view to the east where the sun ought to rise.
The weather did not permit us to have such a ‘perfect’ experience of sunrise. But again, whose definition of ‘perfection’ here? Mine? Who do I think I am? How dare I judge and think that I deserve the control over all these external things from weather, clouds, the sun?
So I just sat down there and let go of my stubbornness to have the perfect sunrise experience that I think everyone must have.
We were brought to another post, and still we had not seen a better angle. I didn’t even wish to improve the angle. But I just wanted to take time to really and fully digest this. This seemingly small feat was actually a big one. I’m sure to see a sunrise is a license to live another day, which some people on earth may have lost on that morning. So this was a great one.
As we went down to the tea plantation, pak Usaha told us how amazing our Mother Nature is to allow us to grow tea with the best quality at this elevation in Mount Salak.
We grow tea here organically and we try to offer the best quality with the latest technology, said he. He believes technology can enhance our experience of enjoying tea, unlike the traditional methods.
Pak Usaha told us to care about our foods starting from where they are produced, not from when they are served on our plates at home. And from foods, our conversation developed and widened, even larger than our un-simple, mundane lives in Jakarta.
As an organic farmer, his life is a statement of rebellion against the conventional, modern method of growing crops. These days, when food industry tries hard to make profit over benefits for people, he and his crew stay loyal to the natural method of growing plants that we consume every day, from rice to tea.
“As humans, we’re part of nature and when we use chemical fertilizers to grow our crops, we look down on nature and thus it’s a matter of time for us to perish,” Pak Usaha spoke wisely.
This capitalistic method of feeding humans with industrialized foods is in fact caused by the rising number of world population. More humans keep appearing while resources are getting scarce and scarce. So when the last time we saw a lower pollution level during the corona lockdown around the world, a joke said that coronavirus is not the virus. Instead, humans are the actual virus to the nature! And I guess I cannot agree more on that.
Am I against natalism? Well, you can say so. But at a certain length. With all this mess our predecessors have made, we cannot just reproduce uncontrollably like rats or cats or paramecium. So please 21st century Humans, reproduce mindfully. Because you cannot now get laid and ‘wash your hands off’ the responsibility as good parents. And having a kid is not only supposed to be a mindful decision but also a mindful life plan to mitigate any risks.
Pak Usaha also tickled our common sense as he criticized the government’s policy on foods. “The idea of providing 9 cheap basic foods (sembako murah) for everyone is just silly. And this is a ‘sexy’ campaign proposition every time a politician is running for a public office.
So what’s the solution? Pak Usaha answered farmers in Indonesia must be allowed to voice their aspiration. They must be able to sell their crops fairly. HGB Agricultural trade must be done fairly just like in a fair-trade scheme. No economic oppression for farmers because they are the providers of the nation’s foods. Without farmers who can live a decent life like everyone else, it is impossible to tackle the latent and widespread poverty issue amongst farmers in Indonesia.
Pak Usaha’s protest sort of tore my heart and conscience. I grew up in a non-agricultural family so I didn’t have any faintest idea about how bleak it is to live a life as a farmer but I do agree that farming is not a dream profession for many of youths in Indonesia. Everyone wants to be doctors, policemen, officials, directors, and so on but which Indonesian children are proud to say they want to be farmers in the future? I have never heard one myself. Mostly farmers in Indonesia work as farmers because they have no choice. They just have to do it.
What I like most about the farm is the river! I planned to dip my whole body but apparently it’s July and it’s dry season, which means water is getting scarce.
So I understand fully when I went down to the river only to find the river was filled with huge rocks and wild plants. But amazingly no snakes or leeches. Very safe, I’m not kidding. All I could dip in the river was my feet and ankles.
Besides rivers, visiting ricefields under the house was more than pleasant. Once again in my life, I stepped on earth and let my skin bare under the sun. I used to be playful and adventurous as a kid but as we all know school life brought me into the house all day long and playing outside was then slowly and gradually considered a useless pastime. It wouldn’t help improve my academic prowess, they guessed.
The brief contact with nature helped me sane again after being locked up inside for many months. It healed me in some way I cannot explain.
I don’t know about you but if you asked me, I’d tell that this short getaway at the foot of Mount Salak is completely worth it. So worth the time and energy. It took only 2 hours to get there from the center of Jakarta, which is amazing!
Some say it is overpriced but hey, I thank the price because without it as a barrier, there’d be too many visitors coming. And that’ll make physical distancing a lot more challenging in the New Normal.
If you’re really interested, go take a personal car or if you want to decrease carbon emission, take a commuter line from the heart of Jakarta and as you get Bogor Station, book a personal car and it’ll get you there in 60 minutes only. (*/)
In the New Normal, people start to leave their homes and do whatever they can to stay sane by finding a place to destress and unwind.
I am no exception.
This week I was on a very very brief midweek getaway. And I can say it helped me dump all the emotional and psychological baggage I had for the entire corona lockdown at home and working from home period.
I have also seen people around me trying ways to reconnect with the nature, something they lost during the lockdown as they were staying at home like most of the time in the cities witnessing the government and all of us fail to curb coronavirus completely.
My corona getaway lasted only two days. But the effect was so great that I can still feel the impact on my soul and wellbeing days after. I was wondering how much time it takes to completely be in need of this getaway again.
I live in the megacity where all I can see from my window every day is a jungle of concrete but in my getaway I was served with an expanse of greenery and fresh air no richest urban folks can enjoy in Jakarta.
Arriving at the farm in Cijeruk around noon, I felt awestruck by things around me. All was green. All was nature. All was neatly treated and well thought.
Foods are organically grown here because it is an organic farm. My first meal was the lunch and it was a very sumptuous one. As you can see below, it was a vegan lunch. This is thanks to their question before my friend and I booked the house. They even bothered to ask if we wanted to have a vegan menu or regular omnivorous one. Then I picked the vegan menu as I want to enjoy more of its organic produce.
My lunch menu was no disappointment. Palatable and as healthy as it could be. Sliced papaya, fresh produce as side dish, fresh sambal, and fried tempeh. (Sorry the oranges were not theirs. I brought them from Jakarta.)
After lunch, it was the time to take a short walk and had a sightseeing that I badly needed to destress. We went to the main lobby which is a very quiet establishment.
Just a floor beneath, pak Usaha (a man who runs this farm) live with his small family and all the workers.
I had a short walk around the coffee plantation and soaked myself into the ocean of oxygen.
Things went awry when the power failure abruptly struck the entire farm. I never saw this coming! But our phones came in handy and soon after they with a lamp came to rescue at our house.
Cool wind blew and drizzle came down when we went out to the lawn for a bonfire.
No stars were in sight as the sky was shrouded by clouds. Which was unexpected because in July it is usually dry season. But I cannot fight against nature. She is always right! (To be continued)
Setelah menulis pengalaman saya memasang kawat gigi selama setahun di sini (baca: Pasang Kawat Gigi: Perlu Atau Tidak?“), saya tak lupa akan membagikan pengalaman saya mencopot kawat gigi.
Seharusnya mungkin pencopotan kawat gigi ini dijadwalkan lebih awal tetapi kita tahu pandemi berkecamuk sejak Maret, dan layanan dokter gigi dan klinik gigi pun mandek total. Bahkan layanan untuk pasien gawat darurat pun baru dimulai sekitar April di klinik langganan saya.
Sekarang setelah pemerintah melonggarkan aturan Pembatasan Sosial Berskala Besar (PSBB), kita bisa lagi bertemu dengan dokter gigi untuk kontrol kesehatan gigi. Namun, ongkosnya sekarang bukan cuma ongkos pemeliharaan dan obat-obatan gigi tetapi juga kita sebagai pasien dikenai biaya alat pengaman diri (APD) yang juga dipakai oleh dokter gigi dan asistennya yang melayani kita. Biaya tambahan ini sudah diberitahukan di awal bagi saya oleh pihak klinik jadi saya tidak kaget.
Pencopotan kawat gigi saya sendiri berlangsung 11 Juli 2020 Sabtu lalu di Klinik Gigi Hendra Hidayat (Hendra Hidayat Dental Clinic) di Sahid Sahirman Residence, Jakarta.
Agak gugup juga karena ini pertama kali berkunjung ke dokter gigi setelah Covid-19 menyebar di sepenjuru dunia. Di ruang tunggu, aturan jaga jarak memang diberlakukan. Namun, di dalam ruang penanganan tentu hal itu tidak bisa dilakukan sehingga dokter gigi dan asisten haruslah memakai APD karena pasien ini harus membuka mulut dan selama penanganan, cairan tubuh pasien (ludah dsb.) bisa jadi menciprat ke mana-mana dan berpeluang menularkan Covid-19. Karena pasien juga tak mungkin harus tes swab dulu cuma untuk ke klinik.
Penanganan berjalan lancar. Kawat gigi saya dilepas dan kemudian karang gigi dibersihkan, karena selama 4 bulanan saya tak ke klinik untuk mengontrol padahal biasanya lebih sering. Kemudian gigi dibersihkan dari lem dari pemasangan kawat gigi selama kurang setahun belakangan.
Karena mungkin kasus saya tak begitu parah dan juga saya rajin ke klinik untuk mengontrol kesehatan gigi dan kondisi kawat gigi saya (ada yang copot atau tidak), kawat gigi saya akhirnya bisa dilepaskan dalam waktu kira-kira setahun. Cepat, komentar dokter gigi saya.
Namun, setelah itu saya ternyata masih harus rajin memakai “retainer”, sebuah alat yang dipasang di gigi (namun bisa dicopot jika makan) agar posisi gigi tetap sebaik kondisi setelah memakai kawat gigi. Intinya retainer mempertahankan posisi gigi yang sudah dianggap bagus itu.
Nah, untuk itu dikenakan biaya tambahan pembuatan retainer. Ongkosnya bervariasi. Di kasus saya, biayanya Rp2 juta.
Kemudian saya harus membuka mulut lagi dan menjalani proses pencetakan. Retainer akan bisa diambil seminggu setelah ini, kata dokter. (*/)