Kung Paano Siya Nawala is a film with a gorgeous concept but because of its execution, it leaves me very cold. It has an amazing hook, a love story about a man suffering from face blindness, who falls in love with a free-spirited girl, whose life has been so touch-and-go that she has a difficult time in sticking around.
It’s languid pace and plotless narrative didn’t help create the feeling of tension that was needed to make this story really fly. It’s beautiful, for sure, but it felt cold. I don’t know any other word to use. I’d say, maybe, heartless but it’s not that. It would be the wrong word.
The film has wonderful performances by JM De Guzman and Rhian Ramos. I think it’s the best I’ve seen them in and they are such gorgeous people that it sort of helps that this is a story about face blindness. Director Joel Ruiz is precise in these loving close-ups of their faces throughout their love story.
It’s so apt.
But I wanted to feel it more. There is a distance to these characters and to this dramatic situation. I get it on a head-level but I never got affected in the heart-level and I was ready. I was prepared.
It just didn’t happen for me.