Kamila Andini's poetic film unveils a moving story about a young girl's obsessive longing for her father, possibly lost at sea. Filmed in and around the Wakatobi archipelago in Indonesia and among the Bajo community whose village nearly floats above sea level, this setting is like a blue pearl gleaming under the sun. Wonderfully photographed, The Mirror Never Lies is a soulful journey about family and youth.
If I were given a choice to decide the direction this film should take, I'd prefer a documentary — the setting is ultimately mystifying even among Indonesians, but the script couldn't choose whether to mold it into a drama or romance.
Really liked it. But somehow I enjoyed it more as a beautiful 'documentary' than as a fiction movie. That being said, Indonesia needs more films like this. Some people with such alien life lives so close to us, yet we never hear more about them. It really is ridiculous.