Being neglected by her parents, 15 year old Echo (Kai Lanette) spends
most of her time wandering the streets of her hometown, a slowly decaying
village in nowhere, USA ... until she runs into the wrong kind of guys who
gangrape (and this way also deflower) her, then leave her in the middle of
the street, traumatized ... traumatized enough that she tells nobody about
it, instead of completely shuts down. However, when the next few days she
finds more and more urge to throw up, she takes a home pregnancyy test ...
and when her dad (Rob Dale) finds out, he throws her out of her home,
fearing a scandal. Having no more roof over her head, Echo has to rely on
friends and relatives - but she runs out of helping hands pretty soon and
soon has to revert to sleeping under bridges and the like.
later: Echo's situation has not improved, but she has learned to deal with
it better - even if dealing with it also means she has reverted to
prostitution. But at the same time she has kept her positive outlook on
her future. And through all of her hardships she has kept her guitar, and
playing it makes her forget everything else for a while.
Girl Who Wasn't Missing is a radical re-cut of the quite amazing but
reviled for all the wrong reasons Warning!!!
Pedophile Released, which takes out one major narrative thread
(the hardships of a young man wrongly convicted for pedophilia) to totally
focus on the female character of said film ... and you know what, it still
works quite nicely, because Bonéshin/Shane Ryan is not so much a
narrative director as he is a lyrical one, relying much more on atmosphere
and the emotions of his scenes than actual action - and The Girl Who
Wasn't Missing looks and feels just right, always carrying the right
emotions, bringing its points across beautifully, and giving heart to its
grim story, thanks not only to Ryan's directing and editing though but
also to Kai Lanette's completely unclamourous spot-on performance.