Bwakaw by Jun Robles Lana
Let me start off with this post by saying that the “sex” Bwakaw has given me was waaaaaaaay better than Ang Nawawala, and this is all based on the feelings the film has caused me. I cried twice in my seat and I haven’t cried like that over a local movie since… One More Chance (lol)
But this time, the dog (and not some mushy love story, ngh) has won me over once again. Dying pets will never cease to squeeze my eyes out for tears I probably have in store for situations which might call for it.
Bwakaw is mainly about a 70-year-old gay man who owns a dog as his lone companion. The film was set in the province, where technology doesn’t thrive as much as it does in urban places, thus, resulting to people asking for miracles from the Santo Entierro in times of sickness. Ironically, Rene (Eddie Garcia), the owner of this really huge figure of the Santo Entierro, is not a devotee himself and instead of praying for his dog’s recovery, he goes to town just to have Bwakaw checked by the vet. At one point, Rene even managed to take her to Manila but it was too late for the cancer has spread in her body already.
There were only 11 characters in the film, including Bwakaw (Princess) but each of them was necessary for certain parts. Since the film was shot in the province, it is only but appropriate for the cast to be at minimum, making the theme of loneliness more distinct and striking.
Another thing I loved about it was how death was taken lightly; in fact, the theater echoed with the audience’s laughter as the scene was showing Rene preparing for his death and laid in the coffin he bought off a funeral shop. Besides that, issues tackling homosexuality, (a little bit of) prostitution, religion, family and life were observed.
You know how Filipinos tend to remain calm and happy in spite of their problems, right? Well, Bwakaw sure succeeded in taking that trait out of everyone else in the theater.