Apprentice

Aiman is a 28-year-old Malay correctional officer who is recently transferred to the territory’s top prison. Aiman lives with his older sister Suhaila in a modest housing estate. At his new workplace, Aiman begins to take an interest in a 65-year-old sergeant named Rahim. Soon, it is revealed that the charismatic Rahim is actually the long-serving chief executioner of the prison. Rahim also takes notice of the principled and diligent Aiman. When Rahim’s assistant suddenly quits, he asks Aiman to become his apprentice. Aiman tells Suhaila of his new job position, but Suhaila becomes upset, as their father was actually executed by Rahim. Aiman knew this all along. Can Aiman overcome his conscience and a haunted past to possibly take over as the next chief executioner?

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  • ★★★★ review by NancyW on Letterboxd

    A fascinating insight to the world of hanging, the story is told of an apprentice learning the the job if the hangman.....The executioner had an accident and is in ICU. The apprentice needs to take over the executioners job. There is a lot more to it than this and I found it very interesting....and I could watch this again dspite the subtitles....

  • ★★★★ review by Kirat on Letterboxd

    Fantastic film. Now THIS is how you do arthouse cinema. THIS is a production with a good script, proper execution, solid plot and enough, but not too much, narrative tension to move the story forward. Stellar performances from all three leads - Firdaus Rahman, Wan Hanafi Su and Mastura Ahmad all seemed to fall into their roles with ease. Even the dynamics between them felt natural. It would've been very easy for this film to turn into an activisty preachy polemic, but that it didn't is a credit to the writers and producers. A little suspension of disbelief is required - the odds of someone escaping security checks within the highly-regulated Singapore civil service and getting as far within the system as Aiman does before being noticed is highly improbably. Still, the possibilities within that explored in the film are worth considering. I liked the storyline's exploration of the absent father-struggling son dynamic, the arcs of the angry young man and stoic caring woman, the ways in which characters grappled with the ethical dilemmas they found their lives in. And beautifully soundtracked by The Observatory (my only complaint is there should have been more sound!).

  • ★★★½ review by Rackve on Letterboxd

    Aiman toda su vida ha luchado por quitarse la carga de tener un padre criminal, por esa razón se convierte en policía y custodio en un cárcel y de esta manera no ser la representación de su padre. Cuando llega a una nueva cárcel sabe que ahí es donde ejecutaron a su padre, así que la curiosidad lo lleva a conocer a Rahim el verdugo del lugar.

    Lo interesante de esta película es la forma de ir narrando este pequeño drama sobre un hombre tratando de entender el pasado familiar para hacerle frente, el final es potente.

  • ★★★★½ review by Linus Quek on Letterboxd

    "Learn the ropes, yeah?"

    Great insight about the story of the man who eventually got taught to pull the lever. The death penalty is usually not a very open topic around Singaporeans but I'm glad this film had given us some answers to the mystery surrounding death row inmates, the one who offs them, and the procedure that happens then after.

  • ★★★★ review by ipacoxt on Letterboxd

    spiralling intense jpurney, still good one though

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