Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Malaysian actress Sarimah both co-produced and starred in Ranjau Sepanjang Jalan. The film takes place on a tiny peasant farm, where the main character (Sarimah), her husband and her seven children eke out a hardscrabble existence. After the husband dies, the poor woman is forced to withstand the deprivations and the elements herself. The task proves too much for her, and she is ultimately confined to a mental institution. The film comes to a shattering conclusion as the woman, now the village idiot, wanders aimlessly among her former neighbors.
farmland, low-income, mental-breakdown, mental-institution, village-idiot, widow/widower