• Shirkers (2018)


Release Date: October 26th, 2018

Not Yet Rated |1 hr 36 min

Plot Summary

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

Director: Sandi Tan

Genres: Documentary

Keywords: Friendship, Emotional, Friend, Los Angeles, Love, 1990s, Car, Mystery, Quest, 2010s, Fascinating, Creative, Engaging

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Monica CastilloRogerEbert.com

    In her search for closure to this bizarre chapter in her life, Tan recreates Cardona’s steps to make sense of why he would steal the teens’ work. Her journey takes several dark turns, which she captures in a crisp digital format which contrasts nicely against the dreamy footage of the original “Shirkers,” which was its own twisted take on melodrama, surrealism and existentialism. show more

  • 70
    Fionnuala HalliganScreen International

    As the story of the mysterious Cordona plays out, the persuasive personalities of the three women both then and now strike a chord. show more

  • 94
    April WolfeTheWrap

    Like another breakout independent film this year, “The Tale,” Tan’s documentary attempts to portray her own narrative with objectivity and distance, but she discovers along the way that such a thing may not be possible, that memories will wait years or decades to snag you in their truths. show more

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