Buoyancy

Buoyancy

Buoyancy

A fourteen-year-old Cambodian boy is sold into slavery on a Thai fishing vessel in Australian filmmaker Rodd Rathjen's award-winning debut.

Chakra leaves home in search of a new life but is soon sold to a Thai broker and enslaved on a fishing boat. As he watches others tortured and murdered, he realises his only hope of survival and freedom is to become as violent as his captors.

Winner of the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury (Rathjen), 2019 Berlin International Film Festival
201993 minsAustraliaThai and Khmer with English subtitles
DramaFestival & Independent
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Reviews & comments

FilmInk

FilmInk

press

Detailing with precision an innocent child’s descent into the world of forced labour, Rodd Rathjen’s excellent feature debut Buoyancy is a brutal and painstaking account of the South-East Asian slave trade. A thrilling film which finds fleeting moments of beauty...

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The Australian

The Australian

press

Sarm Heng gives a very appealing, natural performance as the naive Chakra, who witnesses some terrible things and eventually finds the strength to stand up against his oppressors.

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ABC

ABC

press

Buoyancy is a compelling, grisly coming-of-age adventure, one that plunges headlong into that compromised rite of passage of a boy becoming a man, and the moral abandon of an innocent becoming a monster. It's one of the strongest Australian debut films of recent years.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

Taking its tone from the gruelling ebbs and flows of trawler life, Buoyancy’s world is one of unrelenting harshness.

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FilmInk

FilmInk

press

Detailing with precision an innocent child’s descent into the world of forced labour, Rodd Rathjen’s excellent feature debut Buoyancy is a brutal and painstaking account of the South-East Asian slave trade. A thrilling film which finds fleeting moments of beauty...

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The Australian

The Australian

press

Sarm Heng gives a very appealing, natural performance as the naive Chakra, who witnesses some terrible things and eventually finds the strength to stand up against his oppressors.

4.0
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ABC

ABC

press

Buoyancy is a compelling, grisly coming-of-age adventure, one that plunges headlong into that compromised rite of passage of a boy becoming a man, and the moral abandon of an innocent becoming a monster. It's one of the strongest Australian debut films of recent years.

0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

Taking its tone from the gruelling ebbs and flows of trawler life, Buoyancy’s world is one of unrelenting harshness.

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