Rio Breaks
Rio Breaks (2011)

"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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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DVD Release Date: August 31, 2010
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Philip French

The film offers a valuable insight into the underside of a country that's about to host the World Cup and the Olympic Games.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

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.

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Shelley Jones
Little White Lies

Totally, radically life-affirming. Will make you reassess the important things.

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Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard

This is not your ordinary movie about young men surfing the waves in places like Rio.

Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)

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.

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David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

A tough but occasionally rewarding watch.

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David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)

Charts the trials of two boys hoping to win a surfing contest to escape the grinding poverty of Rio's Favela.

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Peter Bradshaw

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.

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Jonathan Crocker
Total Film

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.

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