Which really is not a surprise. I found myself in the freezing Trinoma Cinema 4 in Quezon City after an intense week of lecturing, It would have been easy for me to walk out – I felt cold and jetlagged and said to myself that this film better keeps me watching. And it did. Never mind the cold – or jetlag.
‘Oda sa Wala’ tells the tragic-comic story of Sonya who runs a Filipino funeral parlour in a world that seems to have forgotten her long ago. Until one day she develops a closer relationship with an unclaimed corpse. I won’t divulge much more – you will have to find for yourself. As I sat there watching Sonya’s story unfold I began to wonder who the real corpses in Sonya’s world are.
I have no idea how and where you will be able to see this film. But you can start looking into director Dwein Baltazar and ‘Oda sa Wala’ via this link:
And who knows – it may screen in your local arthouse cinema. Maybe you find it eventually on some VOD streaming service. A true little filmmaking gem that keeps you watching without all the CGI and Hollywood glamour. And Bravo to Dwein Baltazar!