A gently wry film showcasing the many acting talents of veteran Philippines superstar Eddie Garcia, Bwakaw introduces Rene—a curmudgeon whose affections rest exclusively with his devoted dog, Bwakaw—who comes to understand his sexuality late in life. In his village outside Manila, Rene insists on continuing to perform his janitorial duties at the post office even after retirement,despite apparently deriving no pleasure from the company of his former co-workers. At home, he writes and rewrites his will and chases away any curious visitors. One day it’s Bwakaw that inspires an argument between Rene and a local tricycle taxi driver, Sol (Rez Cortez), who insists on charging an extra fare for the dog. In the following days, Rene’s and Sol’s ongoing run-ins increase to comic hilarity until a sudden illness of Bwakaw’s convinces Sol to drive them to the veterinarian, and the two men strike up a friendship. Director Jun Robles achieves gentle moments of comedy while teasing out the vulnerabilities and fears that inspire an emotional recluse—and the courage it takes to open up to life after all.
Total time: 110 min