DIRECTOR and actor Pierre Andre excels in romantic and horror films alike. His romantic movies such as 9 September are poetic and his latest directorial effort Aku, Kau Dan Dia is no different.
He introduces the picture perfect Zarina Jamalullail, a finalist of Dewi Remaja 2010, as the protagonist Mia. The natural beauty of the first-timer from Perlis, shines through at various well-sculpted scenes.
In the movie, she is a music student and composer, the daughter of Anglophile businessman Datuk Hashim (Harun Salim) and his lovely wife Datin Roselynn (Marisa Yasmin). After her fiance Ilhan (Pekin Ibrahim) dies in a horrific car accident, Mia composes a song which she dedicates to Ilhan’s memory.
Sadly, she too is knocked down by a car after being distracted by a street musician named Izlan (Remy Ishak). Mia is in a coma for two weeks and, when she regains consciousness, she forgets the notes to the song.
Returning to the scene of her accident, she bumps into Izlan again. Love blossoms but Mia soon realises Izlan is not who he seems to be.
While Pekin has few scenes and does not talk, he is brilliant as the departed lover. His suave yet boyish charm and facial expressions do the talking and viewers learn how deep his love is for Mia. A versatile actor, he is convincing, whether as a romantic, rogue or boy-next-door. Those who hated him as the villain in Bunohan, will love him here. His piercing eyes will melt the hearts of many female fans.
As the mysterious Izlan, Remy is at his goofiest. He scratches his head, dances like a hip-hopper and is nosey and irritating towards Mia. Nevertheless, viewers can identify with him as a “cruel-to-be-kind” type who wants the best for his girlfriend.
Veteran singer Nash does a star turn as Mat, a fatherly musical instruments store owner, who helps Mia recuperate. He is a natural actor and it would be good to see more of him later.
While Amerul Affendi, a protege of Nam Ron excels as a tough guy (Tolong Awek Aku Pontianak), he now plays a nerd who is secretly in love with Mia.
Harun does a decent job as a loving, caring and humorous parent and Marisa, who is made up to look like a “hot mama” for the first time, complements him.
Another star turn is Harris Shidee as Mia’s mischievous kid brother Aryan. He has great lines, the most notable being where he mistakenly says that a ‘busker’ is a bus driver.
The heart and soul of the movie is undoubtedly Zarina. Her facial expressions seamlessly move from melancholic to joyous, and her chemistry with Pekin and Remy is great.
The best scene is one where Izlan invites Mia to a wonderland and erects billboards asking her to be happy. She sheds tears and later smiles, and viewers root for her from beginning to end.
Every scene is as picture perfect as Mia.
The Petronas Twin Towers, Bintang Walk, the KTMB headquarters and Heritage Row off Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, give the story an elegant backdrop and reflect the moods of our heroine.
While Aku, Kau Dan Dia is a tearjerker, it also has funny and uplifting moments courtesy of Remy, Harris, Amerul, Harun and even Zarina.
In between scenes, viewers can pick up nuggets of wisdom, such as a proverb on Mia’s wall which says “life is like a piano”.
Pierre makes a cameo, as Izlan’s brother and his presence is the catalyst for the plot twist.
Aku, Kau Dan Dia may not be an original story and has similarities to the segment of Kabir Bhatia’s film Sepi which starred Pierre. But it is a good watch for romantics and an inspirational story about the power of love.
AKU, KAU DAN DIA
Directed by Pierre Andre
Starring Zarina Jamalullail, Remy Ishak, Pekin Ibrahim, Marisa Yasmin, Harris Shidee, Nash, Amerul Affendi, Harun Salim Bachik, Pierre Andre.
Duration 90 minutes