Over the bones is a highly aesthetic visual essay fusing documentary and fiction to detail the meeting of two intentionally incongruous characters, a singer and a lorry driver, revealing the effect they have on each others lives. Following the structure of a road movie the narrative is revealed through voice over, narration, live interviews and musical performance. The driver describes witnessing an accident whilst swimming where a woman crashes into the end of a pool and passes out. He performs mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Waking the next day he discovers he has developed an ability to write music. Whilst visiting a bar he takes to the stage, his singing career develops at a rapid pace.
Later he finds a newspaper article that describes the accident. The woman in the pool was a well-known singer who after the accident lost her voice. When she regains it she discovers that due to a realignment of her vocal chords it has altered in tone. She describes how she feels she is now using someone else’s voice. No conclusion is reached. Is he continuing to sing? Have they permanently swapped voices?
The film investigates through the juxtaposition of different types of performance how men and women use different emotional ‘languages’ to communicate with others, express anxiety and find their place in the world. Whether the characters are actors and story unfolding is true remains ambiguous.