Buoyancy (2019)

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Avg Rating: 4.3 / 5. Voted: 52

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Directed by: Rodd Rathjen
Starring: Sarm Heng (Boy), Thanawut Kasro (Captain), Mony Ros (Older friend on the boat), Saicheer Wongwirot (Captain’s accomplice)
Country: Thailand, Cambodia, Australia; Effed Up Asian Cinema
Language: Thai, Khmer (Eng Subs)
Runtime: 01:32:01
Genres: Human Trafficking, Teenager, Misery

Plot – Spoilers:
A 14-year-old Cambodian works hard in the fields all day and is convinced his father is partial to his older brother while making him do all the backbreaking work. The girl he likes goes to school unlike him and seems a receding dream every passing day. And beyond the fields, the highway with its constant traffic is a daily reminder of the world moving briskly while he remains stuck.

So he decides to get the hell out of his village and take up work in a factory in neighboring Thailand. But when he gets there, before he can even figure what’s going on, he finds himself on a fishing trawler helmed by a cruel gang and surrounded by a vast uninhabited sea that is deaf to anyone’s pleas for help or mercy.

Work on the boat is relentless and food is a cup of rice, but the boy is young, naive and hopeful that if he works hard and long enough, he’ll be allowed to return to the high-paying factory job he left home for. In contrast to him, is an older friend, who from the outset is low on hope but a sort of anchor for him to get through the days.

Buoyancy is a beautiful take on exploitation in a niche segment – small fish caught to make pet food – yet it highlights the scale of dispensability of human life associated with something so seemingly ordinary.

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Old Mother Hubbard
Old Mother Hubbard
March 31, 2024 1:06 am

I would put this in my top ten movies on EUM. 5 stars. Recommend big time.

Mister Keychain
Mister Keychain
March 19, 2024 4:10 pm

I loved the movie. Totally realistic and I didn’t for one second think I was watching a movie.

Dr Harris
Dr Harris
March 12, 2024 7:27 am

A great film.. beautifully shot and well acted.. superb 90 mins of anyone’s time.

Dale & Brennan
Dale & Brennan
March 2, 2024 1:36 pm

The boat won’t go down cos my dick can float

Free Dylan Roof
Free Dylan Roof
February 20, 2024 7:49 pm

Loved it. Very unique selection of movies on here!

Ralph
Ralph
February 20, 2024 5:26 pm

Heartbreaking movie. Especially since I am in Thailand and eating seafood almost everyday.

Lust
Lust
February 20, 2024 5:36 am

/++++-

Tamir
Tamir
February 19, 2024 10:00 am

I am back since 4 month and everyone still argue in comment …

Bob Bones
Bob Bones
February 19, 2024 5:55 am

Once again thank you for the upload. Not a request but the Taiwanese film the Sadness would be a great addition! Very effed up!

fred fat
fred fat
February 18, 2024 9:40 pm

buoyancy, tendency of an object to float or to rise in a fluid when submerged. This fluid can be either a liquid or a gas

Bukowski
Bukowski
February 18, 2024 1:20 pm

The moment dude glared at the greedy rice merchant I knew he was cold AF despite being like 5 foot 1
Thanks EUM I fucking love you.
EUM is my girlfriend

pressy
pressy
February 17, 2024 11:21 pm

God darn pet owners!!!