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Buoyancy (2019)

14-year-old Chakra is sold as a slave labourer to the captain of a Thai fishing vessel. The captain's rule on board is cruel and arbitrary.

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Rodd Rathjen

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Rodd Rathjen
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sarm Heng Sarm Heng ... Chakra
Thanawut Kasro Thanawut Kasro ... Rom Ran
Mony Ros Mony Ros ... Kea
Saichia Wongwirot Saichia Wongwirot ... Kadir
Yothin Udomsanti Yothin Udomsanti ... Danchi
Chan Visal Chan Visal ... Samnang
Chheung Vakhim Chheung Vakhim ... Friend in Waterhole
Terb Sophon Terb Sophon ... Girl From Rich Families
Phouen Nisa Phouen Nisa ... Girl From Rich Families
Sareoun Sopheara Sareoun Sopheara ... Chakra's Father
Nhim Chhun Nhim Chhun ... Kravaan (Eldest Brother)
Kunthea Sngoun Kunthea Sngoun ... Chakra's Mother
Phouern Mey Mey Phouern Mey Mey ... Chakra's Sister
Ros Leang Hong Ros Leang Hong ... Chakra's Sister
Sim Lyma Sim Lyma ... Chakra's Sister
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A 14-year-old Cambodian boy leaves home in search of a better life but is sold to a Thai broker and enslaved on a fishing trawler. As fellow slaves are tortured and murdered around him, he realises his only hope of freedom is to become as violent as his captors.

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27 November 2019 (France) See more »

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Just fantastic. What a story, and lead performance
13 February 2019 | by richinberlinSee all my reviews

What a joy to see this gem at the Berlin Berlinale. I went knowing and expecting nothing... and to be honest? Having seen another film made using young inexperienced Cambodian actors that somehow didn't touch me... i was not expecting a whole lot.

I go to films, wanting an immersive experience. It doesn't take much to snap me out of the moment. An actor with 2 lines who somehow manages to deliver them poorly, mood music that is masturbatory in its dramatic emotion levels.... poor scripting, silly, boring premises.

I got to the end of Buoyancy and was so sad for the moment to have ended. Just wonderful film making. Such a solid effort from the whole cast.... i believed every single one of them were living what i was seeing not just acting... but Sarm... the lead? Wow. What a performance.

The story itself I won't touch as I don't want to spoil it for those who have not seen it.. but its gut wrenchingly realistic, brutal, human and inhuman all at once. I really can't think of another movie to compare it to.

Just wow.


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