Ang Nawawala (What Isn’t There) was released on 2012, but I didn’t know what kept me from watching this really great film. But it’s all good, atleast now, I finally watched it.
Where to start with this film? Hmm. The trailer. From the trailer, we can’t really tell which path this movie is going. Recollection with the family? Friendship? Or a chance at romance? But later on, as the film progresses, we’ll see how it’s so much more.
It tells of a story of a 20-year-old Gibson, who has been selectively mute for 10 years. Because of trauma and guilt, he choose to pull away from the world but tries to make a connection through the lens of his small camera. Throughout the film we can see how much he was longing for a lot: his family, his life, a connection. We can feel in his dysfunctional family, how they’re trying to keep it together. No matter how broken they are, they are trying to survive their awkward formality. Gibson, then reconnects with a childhood friend, introducing him to the local music scene and to Enid, “the cool girl”.
I love this movie because it’s not everyone’s type of movie. I love how it lets you peek in a window of hipsters: the retro house decors, vinyls, they’re lifestyle and even how they think. (I understand now why my friends has been really wanting me to watch this film.) I love how the casts were perfect for the characters, specially Dominic Roco with Gibson. He reminds me a lot about Charlie in The Perks Of Being A Wallflower. Both of them are quite, awkward and naive. And they have their own way of loving things. I love the cinematography. The places where the film happened were familiar to me and even showcased local indie rock artists, which is definitely a plus plus to me. But most of all, my favorite part about this film, is the character development. What it took from Scene 1 Gibson to Last Scene Gibson. It is so depressingly good. It made me cry, a lot.