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The Crash Reel

The Crash Reel
  • 2013
  • US
  • 108 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Lucy Walker
  • UK release: 4 October 2013

In 2009, snowboarder Kevin Pearce sustained a near-fatal brain injury while training, and despite warnings from doctors he was determined to return to competition. Walker's impressive documentary addresses tough issues to do with the safety of athletes and the difficulty of coming to terms with trauma, combining visceral action with intimate observation.

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The Crash Reel

1 Oct 20134 stars

Compelling documentary about snowboarder Kevin Pearce and his life after a near-death crash

'Why do you want to dance?', asks the impresario Boris Lermontov in Powell and Pressburger’s The Red Shoes. 'Why do you want to live?' replies the young ballerina Victoria Page. Swap ballet for snowboarding, and you’ll have a sense of the compulsion…

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