a bit of a confused review here. compelling, i feel for her. a jealous bloodthirsty elder peers over his juicy victims and then vanishes, great (original) shirkers footage (would like to see that fully - obviously makes sense y not and why this documentary was created) but ?¿?1 something about this feels incomplete. also, i kinda liked that indie-ambient soundtrack ....people thrive on making fun of ~indie films lol.
4.5 Fiction to Non-fiction. So much love for this film. A time capsule, a treasure. One is exposed to a very cunning kind of evil. Not all 'heroes' are actual heroes. It's sad and wistful but ultimately a reclamation.The interesting thing is, that I both liked and disliked the protagonist (filmmaker) here.There are so many layers here.Teenage dreams so hard to beat.
4.5/5 - Equal parts fascinating and terrifying, Shirkers tightly encapsulates the best and the worst things that can sprout from highly creative endeavors, and in this particular case, filmmaking. Because of the sheer stopping power of this documentary, Sandy Tan immediately became one of the most inspirational people I have ever seen in the film industry.
3.5 Nice piece of an artist trying to reclaim her past where her work was stolen and by piecing it together is able to realize what she wanted to accomplish in her youth, even though not in her original vision. It’s also highlights a particular type of individual that exists more than we want to acknowledge, the shadowy elder who looks to sabotage those he encounters.
For someone who spends a third of the movie lauding her own unbridled creativity, Sandi Tan picks an awfully conventional style that is at times so sugary with the indie ambient soundtrack and quotes about timeless bonds, that it makes one doubt how much of the original Shirkers would have actually hit the mark.
A twisty tale of a ragtag group of lost young ladies being manipulated by a charming sociopath. What do you do when put everything into something, and one day, when you wake up, it's all gone? How do you rebuild the life you lost? An emotionally resonant time capsule about a very specific and very vulnerable era in everyone's life and about one woman slowly pulling her dreams out of the rubble and dusting off the ash
Self-generates its own unusual mythology by excavating a mesmeric, luscious artifact of the past with a clear-eyed, introspective hindsight. It's a truly singular narrative that captures the unbridled creative passions of youth and a Singapore of yesteryear. The interplay of the archival reels and more present day footage manages to find striking, lyrical juxtapositions giving the film a hypnotic, uncanny power.