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Mountain the Movie - Film Review

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by Helen Belli (subscribe)
I am now living in Kariong on the Central Coast
Published October 4th 2017
The mountain asks for nothing
'They never feel so alive knowing at any minute they could die'

Mountain is an 87 minute documentary written by Robert MacFarlane. Jennifer Preedom [Sherpa], a mountaineer herself ,got together with Renan Ozturk who had 17 hours of footage of films to work with, and Richard Tognetti, artistic director of one of the best chamber music orchestras in the world, selected music and sometimes composed for this breath taking adventure documentary.

The mountains are the stars, they are 'rock and ice but the dreams and desires' for the humans who dare to take risks any which way to live through impossible ways to be the first to conquer a new skill. Not just climbing a sheer rock face without a rope attachment, but riding a bike along the ridge of mountains, jumping from a helicopter and skiing down a cliff that is at a 90% angle. Speed flyers and wing-suited daredevils freefall through the air. And then there's Everest. Willem Dafoe, the narrator, chosen for his beautiful, slow voice, tells us that 'this is no longer climbing, it is queuing'.

At times the action is so breathtaking and intense I wondered if the music had stopped . An audience member at one scene yelled 'DON'T'. Tognetti chose music by Vivaldi, Grieg, Beethoven, Sculthorpe and at times composed music. There is gentle music on occasion as we fly among the mountains, then crescendos as death-defying feats are attempted, not always successfully.

Already this documentary has won several awards in Australia and no doubt it will pick up many more as it travels around the world. This amazing film is a must see, do not miss it, it is ravishingly beautiful, sublime, mesmerising, and astonishing. See it and add your own adjectives.

I saw this film at the Avoca Picture Theatre. Beth goes to no end of trouble to choose interesting art movies as well as live shows and current popular films. Don't miss Bellini's 'Norma' direct from the Met. on the 28th and 29th Oct. Imagine an opera from the Met. for $25!

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