Rent Mountain (2017)

3.5 of 5 from 142 ratings
1h 13min
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Synopsis:
A unique cinematic and musical collaboration between the Australian Chamber Orchestra and BAFTA-nominated director Jennifer Peedom, 'Mountain' is a dazzling exploration of our obsession with mountains. Only three centuries ago, climbing a mountain would have been considered close to lunacy. The idea scarcely existed that wild landscapes might hold any sort of attraction. Peaks were places of peril, not beauty. Why, then, are we now drawn to mountains in our millions? 'Mountain' shows us the spellbinding force of high places - and their ongoing power to shape our lives and our dreams.
Directors:
Producers:
Jo-Anne McGowan, Jennifer Peedom
Narrated By:
Willem Dafoe
Writers:
Robert Macfarlane, Jennifer Peedom
Studio:
Dogwoof
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Documentary, Music & Musicals, Special Interest
Countries:
Australia
BBFC:
Release Date:
29/01/2018
Run Time:
73 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
None
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • The Making of 'Mountain'
  • Interview with Author Robert MacFarlane
  • Theatrical Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
29/01/2018
Run Time:
73 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
None
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • The Making of 'Mountain'
  • Interview with Author Robert MacFarlane
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Exclusive - Mountain: The Ambient Cut

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Reviews (5) of Mountain

Nice pictures, shame about the words - Mountain review by Alphaville

Spoiler Alert
15/05/2018

This is an hour-long picture-book documentary about mountains and the people who venture on them. We’re spared the standard TV close-ups of flora and fauna in favour of sweeping landscapes and daredevils doing their thing (e.g. rock climbing and base-jumping), which produces some exciting aerial images.

There are some filler sections (praying Himalayan Buddhists, a monochrome history of Everest etc.), but the main problem is the soundtrack. The film begins with an orchestra tuning up. It’s a collaborative exercise with the filmmaker, you see (the film premiered with a live orchestra). We are consequently subjected to an hour of clichéd classical music to accompany the pictures. Even worse is the horrendously portentous narration. Random sample: ‘Many who travel to mountain tops are half in love with themselves, half in love with oblivion.’ Pur-lease.

Nevertheless there are many arresting images, so turn down the sound, put your own music on, fast forward the dull bits and wallow in the mountains for a while.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

A mish-mash that merely wastes an hour of your life - Mountain review by RC

Spoiler Alert
22/10/2018

Lots of nice snow and rock scenery but a bit of a mish-mash. Put together from various sources of mountain footage including much modern "extreme sports" helicopter stuff of fools doing absurd things. Places never identified. Random footage of buddhist monks never explained or integrated. Music doesn't really add anything. Voice-over typically portentous.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Superficial shiny happy documentary - Mountain review by TE

Spoiler Alert
11/08/2019

Two stars for the various sequences of beautiful mountain ranges shot from helicopters, but that's about all the film has to offer.

The content of the voiceover could have been lifted from Pseuds' Corner in Private Eye, and the whole film has an ad agency sheen, an effect that is enhanced by the rich young white males who make up the visible human cast.

This is a Facebook meme level approach to mountains.

0 out of 0 members found this review helpful.

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