Written and directed by Jorge M Fontana, ‘Boi’ is a Spanish thriller that follows the story of a man who chauffeurs two mysterious men trying to close a deal. It is a film that despite appearing as a complete structure doesn’t quite come together. You look from a distance and it seems to make sense. But the closer you get, the more distorted it gets and more confused you become. The story rests entirely on a character that we don’t even know if we can trust, after a while. On the surface, the film seems rather simple. But dig a little deeper, and then keep digging! If you haven’t yet seen it, you shouldn’t read any further. Just head over to Netflix.
Summary of the Plot
The film starts with Boi (Bernat Quintana) realising that he is late on the first day of his new job. He is supposed to pick up two Chinese businessmen from the airport and has to serve as their chauffeur for the next couple of days. How difficult could it be to just drive people around? Boi doesn’t want any trouble. He already has a lot on his plate. He hopes that the new job might help solve some of them. But his situation gets riskier as he becomes increasingly indulged in his clients’ shady business.
Who is Simon Albatross?
Boi’s job is to receive international clients and chauffeur for them as long as they stay in the city. His first clients are Chinese businessmen, Michael and Gordon. While Gordon seems like an uptight person, Michael is easier to get along with. They are Boi’s first clients, and his lack of experience shows in the way he handles various situations. It doesn’t take much time for Gordon to understand that he is a klutz. He walks into doors, he is never punctual, and he never stays in the place he is told to be at.
Gordon’s perpetually irritated expressions, which are completely justified, show exactly what he thinks of Boi, at least in the first half of the film. Michael, on the other hand, doesn’t consider himself too different from Boi. He even goes as far as to call him the European version of himself. He takes an immediate liking to him and trusts him enough, even when he is a complete stranger. He asks time and again, “can we trust you, Boi?”. However, it never denotes any suspicion on his part. Rather, it feels like the question is supposed to make Boi more conscious of his loyalty towards them- an act that immensely pays off when things go south. As they spend more time together, Michael’s liking for Boi increases and even Gordon melts down after Boi helps him find the hotel where Simon is, even when he could have easily bailed out.