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Gran Paradiso (2000)

Three jailers, a wheelchaired man and a mentally handicapped girl climb a mountain in the alps along with their supervisors.

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Miguel Alexandre

Writer:

Georg Heinzen
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ken Duken ... Mark
Regula Grauwiller ... Lisa
Gregor Törzs Gregor Törzs ... Wolf
Max Herbrechter Max Herbrechter ... Martin
Frank Giering ... Edwin
Erhan Emre Erhan Emre ... Rocky
Alexander Hörbe Alexander Hörbe ... Harpo
Antje Westermann Antje Westermann ... Rosi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gerhard Garbers Gerhard Garbers ... Gatterburg
Monika Häckermann Monika Häckermann ... Pflegerin
Rainer Werner Rainer Werner ... Ray Ban
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Three jailers, a wheelchaired man and a mentally handicapped girl climb a mountain in the alps along with their supervisors.

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Über die Sehnsucht nach dem Leben See more »


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Official Sites:

Warner Bros. Deutschland

Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

9 November 2000 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Gran Paradiso - Aufbruch ins Leben See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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An arduous journey that grips and inspires
16 August 2004 | by raymond-15See all my reviews

There are two schools of thought...those who say it is a waste of time and energy striving to do the impossible...and those who say that nothing is really impossib;e!

This film is about the impossible dream of a young man Mark (Ken Duken) confined to a wheelchair as a confirmed paraplegic. He is sensitive about his condition, frustrated and angry with thoughts of suicide. His greatest wish in life is to climb a snow-capped mountain called Gran Paradiso.

Lisa is a newly-appointed physiotherapist who attends to his case. She understands his plight and consults with a friend who is in charge of long term prison inmates. Between them they decide on a plan to construct a special stretcher and have three specially selected prisoners carry Mark to the summit. A group of mentally handicapped patients join the party.

The film is very moving as we examine in depth each of the characters as they face the strenuous uphill climb, first over a rocky terrain and later through the snow. They tend to blame each other for what is becoming a stupid and impossible stuggle to the top.

A very exciting part of the journey is when they reach a seemingly impassible crevasse. How on earth can it be crossed? It is solved in an unpredictable way.

With the peak in sight you begin to ask yourself...will they make it to the top or will the struggle end in disappointment? You feel deeply engrossed in the circumstances...what madness set them on this course? Would I have turned back as others have threatened to do?

It is indeed a strange collection of characters, arguing and threatening, consoling and finally accepting the increasing difficulties. In a way the upward climb is symbolic of life's journey which besets all of us.

I will be surprised if after viewing this film your heart is not filled with inspiration and a desire to contemplate how little your problems are by comparison. A very emotional ending.


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