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|Regie:||Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi|
|Laufzeit:||Approx. 100 min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
What a challenge El Capitan, one of the most famous rocks in the world, presents even to the best climbers in the world, you could already see in the documentation "Durch die Wand" make an impressive picture. The film showed the attempt of Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson to climb the Dawn Wall. And in "Am Limit" the moviegoers witnessed how the Huber brothers tried to break the speed record at the nose. Impressive athletic performances and captivating documentaries, which are now eclipsed by the newly crowned Oscar winner "Free Solo".
The film follows the gifted free solo climber Alex Honnold, who wants to fulfill a dream: To climb the 975 meter high and almost vertical El Capitan without any aid. The filmmakers Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi accompany the often introverted athlete during the preparations, documenting considerable setbacks and the struggle with self-doubt, until it comes to an attempt that offers the two and their team truly spectacular pictures. About the last 30 minutes of the documentary are so exciting and dizzying that the viewer is literally pushed into the cinema chair.
However, "Free Solo" doesn't only inspire with its visual realization. Surely, because Honnold climbs without rope and other aids and every wrong grip would mean his certain death, the recordings get a special intensity once again. But otherwise the pictures you can see here are not really new - just because "Durch die Wand" was shown in our cinemas only a few months ago. What makes the film even more worth seeing is the really interesting portrait of a man who literally goes his own way and is confronted not only with the death of other people but also with his own mortality.
In addition, the film also tries to clarify a question that probably every viewer will ask himself: What drives a person to do something like this and to risk his life with it? Well, if you don't climb yourself, you'll probably never understand. But "Free Solo" manages well to offer a little insight into this very special world, which makes the motivation behind extreme climbing incomprehensible, but at least a little bit understandable. All in all a really thrilling movie, which deserves an "absolutely worth seeing" more than it deserves.
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