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  • Summary: Splinters is the first feature-length documentary film about the evolution of indigenous surfing in the developing nation of Papua New Guinea. In the 1980s an intrepid Australian pilot left behind a surfboard in the seaside village of Vanimo. Twenty years on, surfing is not only a pillar of village life but also a means to prestige. With no access to economic or educational advancement, let alone running water and power, village life is hermetic. A spot on the Papua New Guinea national surfing team is the way to see the wider world; the only way.(SnagFilms) Collapse
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  1. Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    Jan 31, 2012
    90
    The best film ever made about competitive surfing in Papua New Guinea (and Best Documentary of the year as per Surfer Magazine).
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Kuipers
    Jan 31, 2012
    80
    Surfing meets sociology in Splinters, a compelling documentary about the sport's arrival in the Papua New Guinea village of Vanimo.
  3. Reviewed by: Andy Webster
    Feb 2, 2012
    70
    A real-life examination of competitive surfing in Papua New Guinea, the film derives tension from the proverbial big tournament but also from how the event helps foster a worthy morality.
  4. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Jan 31, 2012
    60
    While marred somewhat by the griminess of its HD imagery, Splinters nonetheless successfully integrates the sport and an attendant subculture in a way that manages to enhance both, leading to a climactic competition that actually makes you feel something important is at stake.
  5. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Feb 1, 2012
    50
    Adam Pesce never condescends to any of his subjects, but good intentions alone don't make for a captivating movie.
  6. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Feb 3, 2012
    50
    An interesting debut for director Pesce, although it isn't worth running out to see. Wait for it to hit the small screen.
  7. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    Feb 9, 2012
    50
    This has some currency as ethnography, showing how tribal and interpersonal matters mesh with sports mania, but it remains a formidably dull account of an inherently exciting pastime.

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