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Shirkers (2018)




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In 1992, teenager Sandi Tan shot Singapore's first road movie with her enigmatic American mentor, Georges--who then absconded with all the footage. The 16mm film is recovered 20 years later, sending Tan, now a novelist in Los Angeles, on a personal odyssey in search of Georges' vanishing footprints--and her own.


Critic Reviews for Shirkers

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4)

Tan presents her multifaceted life story-vibrant, unbelievable, and full of such incredible women-as a dazzling tapestry that's unlike many narrative or documentary films.

February 6, 2018 | Full Review…

An exemplary work of counter-lives and alternative histories, intimate self-portraiture and cultural reconstruction, hard-won empathy and painful reconciliation.

January 27, 2018 | Full Review…

An alluring mystery spun from the joys and perils of collaboration,

January 23, 2018 | Full Review…

Shirkers has the handmade delicacy of a scrapbook come to life, blending ample footage from the original production with candid modern-day interviews and photography.

January 22, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

Shirkers finds the emotional grounding and even universality in a very strange story.

February 11, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

It feels a bit like fate, as if Tan and her friend's work needed to buried only to be unearthed when the time was right, when a dash of nostalgia and the self-critical aptitude gained through adulthood can properly situate this strange work.

January 27, 2018 | Rating: A+ | Full Review…

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