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The inspiring and tumultuous story of 85-year old surfer, health advocate and sex guru, Dr. Dorian "Doc" Paskowitz, his wife Juliette, and their nine children who were all home-schooled and raised in a small camper on the beach, where they surfed and had to adhere to the strict diet and lifestyle of animals in the wild.
I thought this would be better for some reason, I remember wanting to see this when it came out in 2007 and then hearing nothing about it upon release. Learning about this family of Paskowitz's was interesting, 9 kids surfing and living off the grid with a father who only seemed to care about himself and a mother who went a long with it. The Brady Bunch this was not, more like The Surfing Bunch. These poor kids being home schooled but having no real education once they decided to leave the camper must have had such a hard time adapting to actual life and work. One of these boys was the singer for the band The Flys, that peaked my interest but other than that, skip this.
Slightly too reverential to fully shrug away Doc Paskowitz's holistic nonsense, even though it's a much better film when it is questioning its subject rather than lionizing him. Pray makes some interesting choices, none moreso than when he choose to leave in a sequence of one of the Paskowitz boys (90 minutes wasn't enough to keep them straight, lord help me) singing his own song about his father directly to the camera. It's intense, it's weird, and it might be the most truthful moment in the film.
To that end, I'm glad that the film even questions Doc as much as it does (or else this would feel like a proto-Jodorowski's Dune). Early on it feels for all the world…
Solid documentary that should be mandatory watching for every Hippie parent who wants to go off the grid. What makes this documentary above average is that it is well balanced. Not overly praising or attacking the lifestyle and allowing the viewer to judge for themselves.
Don't necessarily agree with the methods, but hey, it made for an interesting doc.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Surfwise is a very interesting documentary about the life of a family, which live in a very minimalistic surfing environment. The children don't have any form of education or a fixed place to live.
The documentary deals with how the children look back at how they were raised and how it has affected their present lives. It also pays a lot of attention to the parents, especially the father, and his philosophies and thoughts about this extraordinary way of living.
The seemingly romantic lifestyle, proves not to be so perfect. The sexual and sometimes aggressive behaviour of the father has affected the children negatively, but as they look on their childhoods, the thing they blame their father most of, is…
I'm not sure you could adopt this lifestyle in the UK. Yeah, I'm going to jack it all in, live in a ford transit van with nine kids and spend the winter surfing off the coast of Skegness. Seem less romantic and more a suicidal call for death via hypothermia.
Netflix online screening.
Surfwise. Crazy dad seems right about this: It's easier to die when you've lived. So go out and make memories. That way you don't die alone.
this was pretty fuckin wild
I enjoyed it, but, overall, it felt a little too slick and disingenuous to really resonate with me. There's no sense of what the filmmaker really wanted to say about Paskowitz and his merry band of children - whether good or bad - so instead we're left with an entertaining but shallow portrait of the man. All the flash and style in the world won't do you any good if you do nothing with it.
It's also far too staged and manufactured to really ring true. Especially the 'reunion' at the end - seemed a little too convenient to be passed off as coincidence or circumstance.
Still, it's a fun film to watch. It's just not up to the heights that the other documentaries this year are at.
How come you're filming us?
-Dr. Dorian Paskowitz
I agree, how come? While the family is a bit eccentric, are they really interesting enough to warrant a whole film about them?
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