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Aro Recommended Touching the Void

 

UK 2003, 106 minutes
Dir. Kevin MacDonald
Rating: [M]
Genres: Documentary

Topics: Sport.

 

Aroview: A documentary spectacle that recreates a mountaineering disaster in the Peruvian Andes and the heart-pounding, agonizing bid for survival against impossible odds.

With British climbers Joe Simpson and Simon Yates telling their own story, this shifts the central question from “what?” to “how?” to storytelling advantage. Though perhaps not as emotionally involving as similar mountaineering ‘legends’, this straddles the documentary and dramatic form with stunning use of reconstructed footage, and is ultimately a satisfying and extraordinary testament to the human will to survive.

NZ International Film Festival 2004

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