Up to three centuries ago, the idea of climbing a mountain would have been considered an act of madness. Now our highest reaches are playgrounds for the unreasonable: men and women interested in launching themselves off cliff edges, snowboarding out of helicopters, or climbing sheer rock faces without so much as a safety harness or, it seems, their sanity.
In “Mountain,” director Jennifer Peedom captures this dare devil delirium in vertigo inducing Go Pro close-ups. But the documentary, made in collaboration with with Australian Chamber Orchestra, isn’t an extended Red Bull advertorial.
Instead Peedom’s film marries global cinematography to a classical and original score from the Australian Chamber Orchestra, led by artistic director Richard Tognetti, to create an audio visual hymn to nature’s peaks. In addition, words from acclaimed nature writer Robert Macfarlane, narrated by actor Willem Dafoe, probe our human fascination with mountains.
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