Joshua, a timid, middle-aged Filipino immigrant in Canada has lived in the comfort of his parents’ care his entire life. When his mother suddenly passes and his father’s health declines, he quits his job to look after his father full-time despite his inexperience taking care of anyone, including himself. In comes Marisol, an OFW (Overseas Filipino Worker) and caretaker, who moves in to help, as she does not want to return to her life in Kuwait. Anxious of being alone, have Joshua’s prayers been answered?
Skirting conventions of the sad sack who finally finds love, director Martin Edralin chooses a more subtle path and does so with aplomb. The tone and cadence of ISLANDS is very much in tune with Joshua’s demeanor-quiet, calm, with doses of anxiety simmering in the background. Does our protagonist fall in love? Absolutely. But does he live happily ever after?