The film offers a valuable insight into the underside of a country that's about to host the World Cup and the Olympic Games.
This is not your ordinary movie about young men surfing the waves in places like Rio.
| Original Score: 3/5
Charts the trials of two boys hoping to win a surfing contest to escape the grinding poverty of Rio's Favela.
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
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.
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.
Totally, radically life-affirming. Will make you reassess the important things.
A tough but occasionally rewarding watch.
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.