Flash Movie Review: North Face

There are still so many different things I see that I do not understand. Competitive eating contests would be one example. I like food as much as the next person but the idea of shoving and swallowing a bunch of food in one’s mouth in a short period of time makes no sense to me. In a circus I have seen some acts that make me sit there and wonder if that person really grew up wanting to swallow swords or chew up lightbulbs. When it comes to mountain climbing, the whole concept baffles me. I have no problem trekking up a mountain to a vantage point that looks out onto an extraordinary view; however, I want a trail that zigzags its way up where I can just walk and not have to use my arms to pull myself along. At the top I would like a little rest stop or cafe where I can sit out and gaze upon the breathtaking scenery. Even before the recent tragedy in Nepal, I never understood people who had the need to conquer Mt. Everest or any other high mountain peak. Hanging off the side of sheer rock covered in snow and ice, while dangling by a rope tied to a spike driven into granite does not sound like a fun time to me.    Based on a true story, this adventure drama was absolutely riveting. Set in 1936 at a time where European countries were drawing sides, it was important to Germany that they be the first to conquer one of the most dangerous peaks in the Alps. Their hopes were dependent on the German climbers Toni Kurz and Andi Hinterstoisser, played by Benno Furman (Joyeux Noel, In Darkness) and Florian Lukas (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Good Bye Lenin). Though they were experienced climbers the two men knew this climb would be their most challenging since they would have to compete against several other climbing teams to reach the top first. This award winning film had several remarkable scenes of Mt. Eiger which means ogre in German. Most of the drama took place on the mountain; however, the secondary story being held in the mountain hotel where childhood friend Luise Fellner, played by Johanna Wokalek (Aimee & Jaguar, Pope Joan) worked as a photographer was a needed respite from the intensity of the story. I abhor cold weather, am not fond of tall heights, do not understand the motivation to do something so dangerous, but none of it mattered because I was frozen to my seat watching this incredible story. There was German, French and Italian languages used with English subtitles. There were a couple of scenes where blood was shown.


3 1/2 stars — DVD


About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on June 26, 2014, in Foreign and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. I have no idea why mountain climbers do what they do either! This sounds great though

  2. I sure enjoy your reviews! What a coincidence that this movie has been on my must see list for the past couple of weeks. I love a good mountain adventure. Cheers! Maureen

    • Hi Maureen and how wild that this film has been on your must see list. I cannot wait for you to see it and would like to get your reaction afterwards. Thank you for the kind words, I appreciate it.

      • I loved this movie. My closest friend is a rock climber. Her husband is a mountain climber. We met with them in Patagonia a couple of years ago. In spite of bad weather, fatigue and discomfort it was the trip of a lifetime. But what got me most was the look in Todd’s eyes as he surveyed the higher, icy peaks. We left the two of them to higher elevations. I think I kind of understand what the “North Face” was all about.

      • Oh wow, what a wonderful to share here. Did you ever post photos of this trip on your sight? If so where is it listed, I would love to see them. Thanks so much for telling me about it; it sort of adds a personal layer to my experience in seeing this amazing film.

      • Thanks, MJ! I’ve only posted a couple of photos on my blog. If you send me an email I would be happy to send you some of my best photos from that trip. Cheers, Maureen twoscamps at gmail

      • Maureen that is so sweet of you. Please use this site’s email address: contact@moviejoltz.com I will look forward to seeing them and in a way this ties in with tonight’s review. lol

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