The Girl Who Wasn’t Missing – Gritty visuals and a tragic, all too real story
Written by: Shane Ryan and Kai Lanette
Directed by: Shane Ryan
Starring: Kai Lanette, Rob Dale, and Jerell Gray
Up until a few months ago, I didn’t know anything about Shane Ryan or his films. Then I got my hands on a copy of “My Name is ‘A’ By Anonymous”. After having watched and reviewed “A”, I was intrigued and excited to see more from Mr. Ryan. Today, I had the pleasure of watching a second film of his, and I think I am starting to get a handle on the type of films he creates.
“The Girl Who Wasn’t Missing” like “A” has gritty visuals, dark subject matter, and a tragic story. In “Girl”, we watch a 15 year old girl named Echo (Lanette) who has become pregnant as the result of being raped by multiple unknown attackers. Her father, finding the positive pregnancy test, kicks her out of the family home, and tells her never to call or come back. With nowhere to go and nobody to turn to, Echo roams the streets looking for food and shelter.
Flash forward to a year later, and we find her looking much rougher around the edges. She has resorted to prostituting herself to anyone who will pay, and spends her days aimlessly wondering around bad parts of town and washing herself in public restrooms to get rid of the stench of her encounters. It is a sad life, and one that sadly is all too real in many parts of the world.
What I like about Ryan’s directorial style is that he brings a sort of artistic beauty to the disturbing/shocking genre of indie film. Like a single flower growing in a pile of corpses, he is able to add a stimulating visual style to a tragic tale of a sad character. Not an easy accomplishment, but one Ryan seems to have a knack for. If you, like me, get enjoyment out of dark cautionary tales you should explore his films. They are available on Vimeo.com including “The Girl Who Wasn’t Missing”.