FLOTSAM THE MOVIE—A SURFER’S LOVE ACTUALLY
8 love stories in a rom-com filled with love, laughter, and song
With Flotsam, director Jay Abello establishes himself as one of the most exciting and distinctive directors around. His new film Flotsam encompasses sweeping visual style and simple but heartwarming narrative. It is a belly-flop to the mainstream and independent (maindie), with the result of producing a love story as real as it gets.
Flotsam has about half a dozen couples who are truly, madly, and deeply in love. But instead of the usual romantic cliché, Flotsam brings us to an excursion of coincidence, uncertainty and emotional roller coaster. The place itself is a testament to the sense of escape and wonder. But instead of relaxing, why is everyone ‘running away’?
* Because love isn’t something you find. Love is something that finds you.
Solenn Heussaff, in this movie plays Kai, a work-obsessed overachiever who arrives in Flotsam, to retreat from a safe bordering sterile relationship. She is engaged to the ‘perfect guy’ JV, played by Gerard Garcia. Three weeks before her wedding, she met award-winning actor Rocco Nacino, who acts the part of Tisoy, a local bartender at Flotsam & Jetsam Hostel. They have a summer fling, and you guess whether she ties the knot with her fiancé or not. Will Kai learn to slow down and learn to give up control?
* Because immature love says ‘I love you because I need you’, while mature love says ‘I need you because I love you’.
Zack Varkaris is Zulu, a well-known veteran actor from UK who has since stayed at Flotsam as his hiding place until his papers are finally fixed. But when his papers have finally arrived and he can now return, he doesn’t want to go home anymore. Because he already fell in love with the Flotsam owner Mia, portrayed by Carla Humphries. But Mia is also waiting for the true love that eludes her. She has been trying to compose happier tunes in her music but still ends up making sad songs after a bad breakup. Will Zulu go back home, or will he stake his claim and tell Mia how he really feels for her?
* Because true love is like a ghost, which everyone talks about but few have really seen.
Jun King Austria takes the role of photographer Allen who nurtured a relationship between the walls of Flotsam with Audrey, played by newcomer, Julia Quisimbing. They converse and share their feelings without even seeing each other. Unknowingly, Allen being the best example of the dying breed of gentlemen, helps the-woman-behind-the-wall heal in the most compassionate ways. Will they ever meet face to face?
* Because a flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and man cannot live without love.
A young boy waits to experience adulthood. 12-year old Angelo, played by Adrian Cabido, spends his days lurking on his crush Jamie, the 23 years old pro surfer portrayed by Mara Lopez. Age doesn’t matter to Angelo, but even if he is crazy in-love with her, he won’t admit it.
* Because the best thing to hold on to is each other’s love.
Angelo’s 13 year old best friend, Marie, is portrayed by 2013 Harlem International Film Festival Best Actress, Barbara Miguel. She is the responsible provincial girl with old-fashioned values, who secretly likes her best friend, Angelo. But, will Angelo ever see Marie as a love interest, or will Marie forever be in the friend zone?
* Because if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt. Only love.
A young woman waits for the lover whose sights are set on a world of women faraway from her. Mara Lopez is Jamie, our pro-surfer who is in love with the brainy Stevie, played by Franco Daza. But, Jamie has to contend to gratuitous sex from other men who just end up using her because the one she pines for doesn’t even seem to notice her. Will Jamie learn to respect herself and be the girl a Stevie might actually look at and consider?
* At the end of the day, love finds you. All you need is love.
Flotsam also stars acclaimed vocalist, Marc Abaya, as Kiddo, a barista who uprooted his family from the big city to the laidback island. His love story represents the love that all the other characters aspire for—the one that is sure and yet, liberating and one that overflows.
Flotsam is not just a movie taken out from the minds of those who love the waves. Flotsam is about the other person out there – that person who needs us, thinks about us, in love with us. There’s always someone out there. Only we don’t know they’re there. We just have to pay attention to every bits and pieces.
What is Flotsam?
‘Flotsam and jetsam’ are nautical terms meaning discarded odds and ends. Flotsam are pieces of ship debris floating in the sea, while jetsam are the stuff that were thrown overboard into the ocean. Flotsam and jetsam, in essence, are simply random bits and pieces in the open sea. Just like the old-world little space fleshed out from the imagination of its founders Mia Sebastian, Carla Suiza, and Joncy Sumulong. Here is a melting pot of people who are either running away or waiting for someone. And for whatever else. They are in reality, flotsam and jetsam or bits and pieces of random life stories floating in the sea of humanity.
Flotsam, a film by Jay Abello is showing November 4 in cinemas nationwide.