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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.

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Maxime Belleville ...
Hans Kammerlander
Maurice Cretton ...
Himself
Paul Faller ...
Pfarrer
Horst Frankhauser ...
Himself
Manael Garnier ...
Hüttenwart
Ursula Grether-Endres ...
Herself (as Dr. Ursula Grether-Endres)
Peter Habeler ...
Himself
Hans Kammerlander ...
Himself
Friedl Kreckl ...
Bayerischer Bergsteiger #2
Patrik Mantinger ...
Günther Messner als Kind
Philipp Mantinger ...
Reinhold Messner als Kind
Aaron Messner ...
Günther Messner als Jugendlicher
Gabriel Messner ...
Reinhold Messner als Jugendlicher
Hans-Jörg Messner ...
Himself (as Dr. Hans-Jörg Messner)
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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.

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Messner was a failure
5 April 2016 | by (Berlin, Germany) – See all my reviews

"Messner" is a 105-minute documentary from almost 5 years ago and as the title already says it tells us about the achievements of famous German mountaineer Reinhold Messner, in his 70s today. The writer and director is Andreas Nickel. Let me elaborate why I call this film a failure. It is because I do not care the slightest bit about the entire concept behind it. This has a lot more to do with Messner than with Nickel though. II can't deny I always found him unlikeable and even if he is not as unlikeable as usual in here, I still don't want to see or hear about him. Why do we have to get to heights that no other people have been before? To prove we are bigger than nature. Nope, you are not. The actual reason is to prove you are complete idiots looking at all the people who have died up there. You love climbing and want to experienced the snowy mountains? that is perfectly fine. Pick some minor mountain in the Alps then and have a great time. But do not go to the Himalayas in your desperate attempt to become famous.

The only somewhat good thing here were the old recordings. The interviews weren't good at all and often felt scripted even. Those people certainly did not deserve the attention. But the worst thing here were the re-enactments and this is one area where Nickel is actually to blame and not Messner. Man these fights for live by amateur actors apparently up in the mountains were truly painful to watch. And these scenes are also the reason why I give this (far too long) film a 2/10 and not a 4/10. I'd have preferred it to run for one hour max. If you are really interested in climbing history or are actually a climber yourself, then this may be an okay watch, otherwise stay far far away and skip it. Major thumbs-down from me.


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