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Adam Pesce's Splinters is thought-provoking and heartfelt documentary cinema. As someone who's not surfed a day in his life, I was absorbed by the characters and context Pesce skillfully depicts in this man-with-a-camera style piece. Highly recommended.
A fantastic documentary with a compelling back-story. Tragic as well as inspirational.
I wasn't sure what to expect but figured this was going to be a poorly-produced, barely credible film with terrible acting and lousy sound quality. So why did I buy it, you ask? Fair question. Born & raised in PNG and spent my holidays in Wewak, just a little down the coast from where this was filmed. It's my duty to support my people even if the product isn't as good as The Avengers, right? Right. SURPRISE: it's really good! No, for real. It's more of a documentary than a movie, although there are some parts that are blatantly obvious as having been scripted, but it's well filmed and the sound is good. Subtitles for those of you who don't know Tok Pisin but most of it is in English anyway. I had no clue PNG even had a surfing community. If you liked Blue Crush you'll like this. Sorry, no hot chicks in bikinis but still a great way to spend a couple hours.
Excellent view on the power of surfing and a connection with the ocean.
This is a story that is a must see for anyone who watches the world change . The Documentary maker must have had the complete trust of the players in this life moment. I lived in PNG for many years and started surfing the waves there from the age of 12. I am now 65.
Surfing has inspired not only the surfers but also given these people a concept of development and future.
I was utterly moved by this film -- to the point that I'm writing a review for the first time in hopes that others will see it, and to let the filmmaker know how much it was appreciated. As a documentary, as a film, as a narrative, Splinters is so well done, expertly crafted, the highest form of documentary film making -- weaves an honest narrative together, perfectly paced, without a hint of agenda from the filmmaker--simply takes you into the heart and soul of the people in the film, and the plot unfolds, powerfully, from them just living their lives -- a pretty magical thing thing to accomplish as a documentary filmmaker. Each person in the film has his/her own voice, is allowed to be who they are within the film, the environment itself is a character, the ocean, surfing itself. All edited together seamlessly, beautifully. You don't need to be a surfer to enjoy and learn from this film. Having said that, if you surf, are an ocean lover, a traveler, or are simply interested in the world and its people beyond your own backyard, this film will engage you and move you. This is high quality work, and art, and I hope this director makes more films, because we will all be better for it. Adam Pesce's stamp is on the film, but only in that you can tell he made it from his heart. Just see it.
I really enjoyed the story line and it kept my interest to the very end.. I would love to see a sequel to know what all they're doing now..
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