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The Sailor

Lucia Kašová


Martin Jurči


Igor Jedinak


Roman Kelemen


Peter Krajniak, Martin Turčan


Shakazulu Films, Toxpro Films


Toxpro Films

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Johnson lives on his boat in Harvey Vale Bay on Carriacou, an island in the West Indies. Both he and his boat are now unfit to sail. His engine is broken and he is trying to fix it. The hurricane season is in full swing with the entirety of its destructive power. Johnson relies on his friends to tow his boat to nearby hurricane hole in the mangroves if a hurricane is coming. He paddles his old and leaking dinghy with all his force to the shore to buy vodka and a bit of food everyday. Here, we see the clumsiness which comes with age, unwillingness to change, despair in loneliness, with both glitters of his past and thoughts of the end.
All of the film is shot through observation. Johnson’s loneliness is depicted in plain contrast with the communal life of the island. The way he has lived his life has started to be impossible due to his age, yet he knows no other way. What could he do?! He is still keeping his log book and writes in it daily. All captains are obliged to keep a log book during navigation and for Johnson it became a lifelong habit. He keeps writing in his log book throughout the years of anchorage in the bay. This logbook serves as the main narrative of the film.
Through Johnson’s visits to a local bar, Swampy Jo’s, we get to know his past and his motives through dialogues with his friend Andy and bartender Joanna. Gus, the local harbor master is trying to help him with fixing the engine, with the danger of hurricanes always present. In the bay a new supermarket is being built, which is due to change the dynamics of the whole place. Carriacou is one of the few places on the planet which maintained its purity throughout the years, but now the change is coming.

Eighty-year-old Paul Earling Johnson is a man most people might walk past, never guessing he was once a seafaring adventurer and famous boat designer. He spent his life driven by an insatiable wanderlust, unable to settle with a family or on land and instead opting to sail the world in total freedom. But he never expected to live this long. With his body as broken as his aging boat, neither are able to sail again and he lives out his life alone, floating on the Harvey Vale Bay in the West Indies. By day he polishes off a litre of vodka and by night he rows his tattered boat to the local beach bar to retell his stories to locals in an attempt to rekindle a lost legacy. Was his ravenous hunger for freedom worth the price of his present loneliness? As the looming threat of hurricane season sets in, residents try in vain to convince him to bring his boat to shore, but for Paul, the docking of his ship signifies the sinking of his independence.
(Heather Haynes)