A Uruguayan rugby team crashes in the Andes Mountains and has to survive the extremely cold temperatures and rough climate. As some of the people die, the survivors are forced to make a terrible decision between starvation and cannibalism.
An intimate, picaresque inquiry into French life as lived by the country's poor and its provident, as well as by the film's own director, Agnes Varda. The aesthetic, political and moral ... See full summary »
Feature documentary about mountaineering icon Reinhold Messner and how he became what he is. This film is as much about his personality as it is about his extraordinary exploits - the psycho-gram of a controversial mountaineer.
On Friday, the 13th of October, 1972, a charter plane carrying 45 passengers, including a college rugby team, vanished over the desolate, snow-covered Andes Mountains. For 72 days, the world thought they were dead.
In 1972 an airplane carrying an Uruguayan rugby team crashed in the Andes Mountains, killing many of those on board. After exhausting what little food supply they had, the survivors ... See full summary »
Cinematographer César Charlone, a native of Montevideo, Uruguay, went to the same college as the survivors. He was supposed to be on the ill-fated flight 571 but, as luck would have it, could not reach Montevideo in time to catch it since he was traveling from Brazil. See more »
We had to do things that i don't think any animal is capable of doing...
It is hard to describe the excitement of these young rugby players, some rich and pampered, who were getting a chance to get away for a long weekend and spread their wings. They were full of anticipation of things to come.
In a short time, they experienced their first snow. The only problem was that they were chest deep in it on top of a mountain with dead bodies all around them.
But, the crash wasn't the end of it. After settling down to survive, they were caught in an avalanche that took eight more. It was harder to eat the bodies of their friends. They were trapped in the fuselage and couldn't get to the bodies outside. They had to use the bodies that were in there with them.
The amazing journey of those sent to find help was unbelievable. Without experience or equipment, they travelled for eight days over the mountains.
The story is told 30 years later by the 16 survivors and they make the reenactments come alive with their stories.
It is not a gruesome tale. They looked at what they were doing as something spiritual. The fact that they maintained calm and acted as a group is a powerful humanistic comment on men.
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