Rio Breaks
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"Rio Breaks" tells the story of two best friends, Fabio and Naama, as they navigate their way between life in the slums and surfing on their favorite beach. Thirteen-year-old Fabio and 12-year-old Naama live in a huge favela near Arpoador Beach, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. What will happen to these best friends? Will their friendship survive the pressures of life in the favela? Can surfing offer a way out and the possibility of a better life?
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

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"The film offers a valuable insight into the underside of a country that's about to host the World Cup and the Olympic Games."
‑ Philip French, Guardian
"The sun-kissed footage of the kids seizing the opportunity to escape from the hardships of their home lives may not be particularly spectacular, but their stories are laced with poignancy."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"Totally, radically life-affirming. Will make you reassess the important things."
‑ Shelley Jones, Little White Lies
"This is not your ordinary movie about young men surfing the waves in places like Rio."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"There's salt on its skin, samba in its bones. It's a film you don't so much watch as bask in, fearing sunburn."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"A tough but occasionally rewarding watch."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"Charts the trials of two boys hoping to win a surfing contest to escape the grinding poverty of Rio's Favela."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
"This is a happy movie with a swing to it, and a corrective to the fetishisation and glamorisation of gangsterism that sometimes characterises movies about Rio."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Gentle, touching and beautifully captured, this is the best surfing documentary since Riding Giants and a personal, genuinely painful true-life drama set on the brink of childhood's end. Discover it."
‑ Jonathan Crocker, Total Film
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