Shirkers (2018)

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Critic Consensus: Shirkers uses one woman's interrogation of a pivotal personal disappointment to offer affecting observations on creativity, lost opportunity, and coming to terms with the past.

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Shirkers was a Singapore-made 1992 cult classic from teenage friends Sandi Tan, Jasmine Ng and Sophie Siddique--or it would have been, had the 16mm footage not been stolen by their enigmatic American collaborator Georges Cardona. More than two decades after Cardona disappeared, Tan, now a novelist in L.A., returns to the country of her youth and to the memories of a man who both enabled and thwarted her dreams. Magically, too, she returns to the film itself, revived in a way she never could have imagined.

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All Critics (43) | Top Critics (13)

A movie that maintains its forward momentum all the while it's looking back.

Oct 26, 2018 | Full Review…

A knotty detective yarn, a funny valentine to Singapore and one of the year's most ardent expressions of movie love, it tells a story of cinematic theft, and in the process, becomes an entrancing feat of cinematic reclamation.

Oct 26, 2018 | Full Review…

There is a sense of relief at the end of the documentary that feels like the first big breath of fresh air after stepping out of a therapist's office.

Oct 26, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

It sends you wondering at all the wild creativity and genius of young irrepressible women lost to time, held up or buried by the domineering egos of men.

Oct 25, 2018 | Full Review…

With fascinating bravery, Tan goes backward in time in order to move toward a rectified future, confronting the memory of her complex, near-inappropriate relationship with Cardona, both an enabler and a betrayer.

Oct 25, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
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What we - and Tan - come to find is that how the director describes or sees herself in the past doesn't always match up to her collaborators' opinions of the time; this is also a story about the stories we tell ourselves.

Oct 25, 2018 | Full Review…
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