‘Titip Surat Untuk Tuhan’ Ending Explained & Movie Recap: Does Tuluk Get A Reply From God?

Titip Surat Untuk Tuhan basically translates to sending a letter to God, and the latest Indonesian film, titled the same, is all too literal. A kid actually writes a letter to the almighty and receives help in the end. However, the film doesn’t end up telling us there’s an all-powerful superior being above us. It’s more of a moral lesson that says your good deeds are always rewarded. However, it is poorly written, filled with terrible tropes, and appears to be very preachy. Sure, every film has its takers, and I’m sure Titip Surat Untuk Tuhan is also made for a certain audience. But even they would have questions over the confusing ending. In this article, I’m just going to look into that and explain what happened while trying to hide my personal feelings about it.


Spoilers Ahead

What Happens in the Movie?

The film opens with a dramatic scene of a little boy randomly walking into a mosque looking for “God.” Following that, it takes us backward and starts from the beginning. Bookkeeper Satrio, his wife Utari, aka Tari, teenage daughter Dinda, and seven-year-old son Tuluk make one happy family. They might not have much money, but they seem very content. The family prays to God every day, except Tuluk. Satrio keeps telling Tuluk that God is always there to take care of those who are in need. Meanwhile, there’s this woman, Mrs. Sasiko, who wants Satrio’s help evading tax. But Satrio is absolutely against the idea of doing something wrong, so he repeatedly refuses Sasiko.


The family’s world turns upside down when Dinda suffers a sudden eye injury. The doctor can’t figure out what it is at first, but eventually it’s diagnosed that she has a tumor and is in desperate need of surgery. To be very honest, the medical bits of the film are not particularly clear to me, and I blame the writer here for being way too lazy. Anyway, as it stands, the family is now in need of a lot of money on the double. 

Does Tari manage to get the money?

With their daughter in such terrible condition, Tari understandably asks Satrio to take a loan from his office. But Satrio can’t ask for one, as he’s already taken one before and is currently paying it back. Seeing no other option, Tari goes to Jakarta and seeks help from her sister, Sarjono. It becomes clear that Tari actually belonged to a rich family until she married into the middle class. But Tari’s sisters (Sarjono and another one) refuse to help her, insulting her instead. Tari then goes to her super-rich friend Yan (an utterly annoying character who has already appeared in a scene before, boasting about her wealth). Yan runs an establishment called “Elsa,” which is basically a nightclub that also caters to the needs of some of the rich customers. Instead of helping Tari, Yan offers her a job there. Tari obviously can’t do such things and it angers her so much. Outside the club, she comes across Yudha, a former friend who once had a crush on her. After hearing about all her trouble, Yudha offers to help with Dinda’s situation financially, but he has a condition. Yeah, Tari has to leave her husband and be with him (dude had to be so typical). Tari leaves, and she returns home after a super unsuccessful day.


Why does Tuluk write a letter? 

They say kids have the purest hearts, and Tuluk is the perfect example of that. After hearing so much about how God is always there to help from both his parents, Tuluk makes up his mind to do something about the situation his family is in right now. He writes a detailed letter to God and posts it. Of course, Tuluk doesn’t know the address of God, and the postman who’s supposed to deliver is baffled at the whole thing. But instead of throwing it away, the postman brings the letter home. Even when his wife asks him to throw it away (thinking it’s some prank), he refuses to do so. The whole thing is all too sweet, but the presentation is extremely corny and fails to make an impact, and I hope the god up there wouldn’t have a problem with me telling the truth. 

Does Tuluk Get a Reply From God?

Right after Tuluk posted his letter to God, a bag full of cash suddenly arrived at Satrio’s door. Tari wants to use the money for Dinda’s treatment, but all Satrio wants is to find out who sent the money and return it. Tari even suggests that they use it as a loan while Satrio does his investigation, but the man is way too moralistic to think of the well-being of his own daughter. It soon turns out that the money didn’t come from God; it came from Mrs. Sasiko. The woman learned about Satrio’s situation and now wants to take advantage of him. She’s basically trying to bribe him to cook her books so that she can get away. Even Satrio’s boss at his company wants him to do it. But Satrio is a man of principle who would never do such stuff, so he holds fast on his stance of not helping Sasiko get away with the law. Tari is obviously not happy with her husband’s decision, and from the standpoint of a mother, it’s only justified. While it’s admirable how Satrio is always trying to stay on the righteous path, it’s also frustrating to watch; especially because Tari actually considered Yudha’s offer for a moment. 


However, Titip Surat Untuk Tuhan is about God rewarding those who do the right thing. So, in a miraculous way, Tuluk’s letter somehow manages to reach Sasiko’s sister. It is revealed that five years ago, the woman’s daughter was really sick, and she asked for help from Sasiko, who refused to do that. I’m not sure if her daughter ever recovered, but the woman appears to be in a good situation now, money-wise. Not only does she decide to help the family after reading the letter, she also chooses to stay anonymous. So when Satrio receives a fat check inside the same envelope (with which Tuluk posted the letter), he has no reason to not take the money. After all, God himself (in this case, “herself”) has sent it. With that money, Dinda gets to have her surgery, and she’s all good and fine by the end of the movie. Sasiko also ends up going to jail. It ends well for the good, and not so good for the bad – as it was supposed to.

Rohitavra Majumdar
Rohitavra Majumdar
Rohitavra likes to talk about movies, music, photography, food, and football. He has a government job to get by, but all those other things are what keep him going.

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