I have been a fan of James Bird since I saw his first film From Above. I am always amazed at how he captures the depth of human emotions.
We Are Boats is an incredible fantasy drama that has a diverse and talented cast. Fans of Orange is the New Black will be excited to see Uzo Aduba as Sir, an angel in the after life, who places other angels in assignments to influence or transition people on earth.
The film opens with Angela Sarafyan (HBO’s “Westworld”) playing Francesca, a prostitute, who meets a violent and unexpected death and then enters the after life.
Cinematographer, Stefan Colson, does an excellent job of creating a believable after life with wide expansive shots of rocky terrain bathed in luminescent lens flares.
Francesca interviews with Sir for a job that would place her back on earth. The various assignments lead her to interact with individuals that are facing issues of loss and loneliness. Francesca hopes to navigate these turbulent waters so that she can visit the daughter that she left behind.
Along the journey we meet Ryan, a spunky bartender, played by Adriana Mather. She serves as a bridge to tie our characters together. We first meet her at a funeral where she unwittingly insults the widow.
On the drive back from the funeral, she learns that the deceased had an affair which sets off a heated debate with her fiancé on fidelity.
Mather does an excellent job of wrapping us up in her emotions of abandonment as we discover her story of an absent father which she conveys in her therapeutic interchange with Cliff, played by Graham Greene. As always, Greene delivers an outstanding performance and delights an audience.
Angela Sarafyan captivates us as Francesca. Her character is grounded in reality and the right amount of grit, and Sarafyan captures the essence of the free spirit who makes her own rules and navigates fearlessly toward her goal of seeing her daughter again. We find ourselves cheering her on toward her goal. She is a likable hero in unlikeable circumstances.
As the film progresses, James Bird, crafts these individual stories that flow and interconnect to form one connected and satisfying ending.
After watching any film by Bird, you will find yourself in a reflective and thoughtful state of mind with the encouragement to do better in your own life journey. This is a story worth watching and sharing.