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The Beckoning Silence (2007)

After a near-death mountain climbing accident, Joe Simpson's injuries were so severe he was told he'd never climb again. His recovery left him to confront the question: why, after coming so... See full summary »

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After a near-death mountain climbing accident, Joe Simpson's injuries were so severe he was told he'd never climb again. His recovery left him to confront the question: why, after coming so close to death, did he feel compelled to continue climbing?

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In the reenactment of the "traverse" between the Rote Fluh and the First Ice Field, numerous modern bolts can be seen in the rock. See more »

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Joe Simpson: This mountain, it's quite addictive. I've made six attempts on the face and got bad weather every single time. But it calls you. It... You know, I sort of had this phrase,'The Beckoning silence of great height' and what I was meaning by that was when you stand on the edge of a great drop, it's very difficult not to be absolutely staggered by it. When you look at a face like that and you're a mountaineer, you just want to go up there and play games on it.
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How to tell a story
24 November 2011 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

In this docu-movie, Joe Simpson shows how to tell a true story in a modern, breathtaking way. He gives a description of events from outside but also from the inside, climbing part of the mountain (the well-known Eiger) himself. He goes deep in the characters feelings, just by comparing their emotions with his own. A story about mountaineers and the man behind the climber.

Pretty influenced by the other awarded Simpson's movie "Touching the void", "The Beckoning Silence" is again a great narration about the risk, the hope, and the fragility of life.

If you want to understand what climb a mountain means you have to see it. If you want to understand what be human means you have to see it.


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