Mountain

Mountain

Mountain

A cinematic and musical collaboration between Sherpa filmmaker Jennifer Peedom and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, exploring humankind's fascination with high places. Narrated - sparingly - by Willem Dafoe.

"Fellow collaborators to this unique project are British writer Robert Macfarlane (author of the award-winning Mountains of the Mind) and leading high altitude cinematographer Renan Ozturk (Sherpa, Meru). Richard Tognetti's recorded score is stunning; soaring as the camera climbs vertiginous slopes or swoops across rocky peaks. With all this earthly beauty, it's hard to believe that only three centuries ago, the idea of conquering a peak was considered crazy. Mountains were once solely places of peril, not beauty. The absorbing narration traces our modern day fascination – our irresistible and sometimes fatal attraction to the dizzying heights." (Sydney Film Festival)

2017Rating: Exempt70 minsAustralia
Documentary
Director:
Jennifer Peedom ('Sherpa', 'Miracle on Everest')
Writer:
Robert MacfarlaneJennifer Peedom
92%
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Reviews & comments

Flicks, Steve Newall

Flicks, Steve Newall

flicks

Minimal narration from Willem Dafoe makes for engrossing viewing here that puts the emphasis squarely on spectacular footage of… mountains. Often playing tricks with one’s sense of scale, never mind inducing occasional vertigo (as the camera looks down an insanely long drop over the shoulder of an even more insane free climber, for example), Mountain is gripping and hypnotic, setting out to be poetic and awe-inducing, and succeeding on both fronts.

4.0
Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

press

The combination of the visual spectacle of the world's highest peaks and the musical magic of the Australian Chamber Orchestra makes Jennifer Peedom's documentary Mountain an immersive, meditative and mesmerising experience.

Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

press

Sublime, cerebral, poetic and musically evocative, Mountain takes us - it seems - to every mountain in the world in what appears to be a floating armchair, sometimes high above the peaks.

Time Out

Time Out

press

The score, both original compositions and the works of Vivaldi, Chopin and Beethoven, are perfectly matched to the awe-inspiring imagery and if Mountain had gone full Fantasia and dispensed with commentary entirely it would have been a better film.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Despite its glorification of thrill-seeking, the message that runs through Mountain like rivulets over rocks is that our highest peaks are places to be revered and respected.

4.0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

While these images eventually become repetitious, they are sublime.

4.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

You don't have to be a mountaineer or extreme adventurer to lose yourself (and occasionally your stomach) in a film like Mountain.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

One of the most visceral essay films ever made, with Peedom and her Sherpa altitude cinematographer Renan Ozturk unfurling a series of glistening images that should be seen only on the biggest of big screens.

Adelaide Review

Adelaide Review

press

This is certainly a film that needs to be seen and experienced on the big screen, and despite its minor flaws, proves quite a mountainous achievement.

Flicks, Steve Newall

Flicks, Steve Newall

flicks

Minimal narration from Willem Dafoe makes for engrossing viewing here that puts the emphasis squarely on spectacular footage of… mountains. Often playing tricks with one’s sense of scale, never mind inducing occasional vertigo (as the camera looks down an insanely long drop over the shoulder of an even more insane free climber, for example), Mountain is gripping and hypnotic, setting out to be poetic and awe-inducing, and succeeding on both fronts.

4.0
Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

press

The combination of the visual spectacle of the world's highest peaks and the musical magic of the Australian Chamber Orchestra makes Jennifer Peedom's documentary Mountain an immersive, meditative and mesmerising experience.

Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

press

Sublime, cerebral, poetic and musically evocative, Mountain takes us - it seems - to every mountain in the world in what appears to be a floating armchair, sometimes high above the peaks.

Time Out

Time Out

press

The score, both original compositions and the works of Vivaldi, Chopin and Beethoven, are perfectly matched to the awe-inspiring imagery and if Mountain had gone full Fantasia and dispensed with commentary entirely it would have been a better film.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Despite its glorification of thrill-seeking, the message that runs through Mountain like rivulets over rocks is that our highest peaks are places to be revered and respected.

4.0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

While these images eventually become repetitious, they are sublime.

4.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

You don't have to be a mountaineer or extreme adventurer to lose yourself (and occasionally your stomach) in a film like Mountain.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

One of the most visceral essay films ever made, with Peedom and her Sherpa altitude cinematographer Renan Ozturk unfurling a series of glistening images that should be seen only on the biggest of big screens.

Adelaide Review

Adelaide Review

press

This is certainly a film that needs to be seen and experienced on the big screen, and despite its minor flaws, proves quite a mountainous achievement.

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