A 14-year-old boy, Chakra (Sarm Heng), is tired of working hard and receiving only a small amount of money from his family. Chakra believes he is the hardest worker within the family and wants something more. He decides to run away from home and work elsewhere. His goal is to earn more money and return home to his family in due time. Unfortunately, Chakra is soon sold off to a slave worker who captains a Thai fishing boat. Chakra soon learns the Captain has cruel ways of running his ship. When Chakra and his fellow slaves don’t submit to the daily work required or obey the rules, punishment and cruelty is enforced.
Buoyancy as a film is shot wonderfully. The film’s style is rather creative in creating tension, drama and showing incredible landscape and scenery shots. The director appears to enjoy aerial shots which were also effective in critical moments.
Performances were outstanding, particularly from the leading actor played by Sarm Heng. He merely is convincing and believable. Portraying the situation, the character falls into would not have been an easy task, especially considering this is based on real themes and event. Supporting actors, particularly those who are also on the fishing boats, were also outstanding.
Tension is a crucial element. With quality all-around performances there is also a suspenseful element in this film, especially in regards to the film’s audio track. The audio track has a huge part to play. It is somewhat basic but highly effective during tense moments.
Overall, Buoyancy is a tough drama film to watch, but I have no regrets in seeing it. This film was a positive experience filled with solid performances, and I would gladly recommend this film to many others.