By Alana Bonilla
New York, NY (The Hollywood Times) 4/26/2018 – “Mountains seem to answer an increasing imaginative need in the West. More and more people are discovering a desire for them, and a powerful solace in them,” from Robert Macfarlane’s Mountains of the Mind: A History of a Fascination.
Mountain directed by Jennifer Peedom and narrated by Willem Dafoe is a hypnotic documentary introspection of humankind’s relationship with mountains. Director of Photography Renan Ozturk imagery paired with the classical score from the Australian Chamber Orchestra brings life and reality to the words of Macfarlane. This reality is not known to the human eye at the height that drones, Go-Pros and helicopters can reach. Audiences with an appreciation for mountains, majestic visuals and classical music will have a greater appreciation than an average viewer. Mountain does an extreme job of easing the viewer into the peaks of Tibet, Australia, Alaska and Norway. Mountainis more than looking for an action packed death-defining adventure and anyone solely seeking this thrill will be disappointed. Peedom’s passion for the mountains and the people that are attracted to them is beautifully highlighted.
Peedom is a BAFTA nominated director, which is apparent though her timing of storytelling.The human relationships in Mountain are of minimal focus letting the snow covered mountaintops take the leading role. Peedom refines her skills of telling a uniquely powerful visual dance of mountaintops and the influence they have on adventure seekers.
The movie is centered on the mountain with and without human interaction. However those looking to explore the reasons why humans feel the need to stare into the precipice will perhaps find their answers here.