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Rio Breaks (2011)

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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?

Aug 31, 2010

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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.

June 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

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

June 3, 2011 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

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

June 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

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.

June 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

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.

June 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

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.

June 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

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

June 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

A tough but occasionally rewarding watch.

May 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

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.

May 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Total Film
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