Tired of toiling in the rice fields, 14-year-old Chakra (a magnetic Sarm Heng) leaves Cambodia in search of a Bangkok factory job.
After paying smugglers to ferry him over the border, the boy is instead traded to a seafood trawler where violence and murder are a routine occurrence, all under the watch of ruthless and sadistic Captain Rom Ran.
Buoyancy is Australia’s submission for Best International Feature Film at the Oscars in 2020.
‘A terse minimalist thriller … Heng’s largely wordless central performance is captivating’ – Sight & Sound
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