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|Regie:||Michael Angelo Covino|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 94 min.|
|FSK:||From 6 years|
Kyle (Kyle Marvin) and Mike (Michael Angelo Covino) are best friends who have been going through thick and thin together for years. But then Mike tells his buddy during a bike ride that he has been sleeping with Kyle's fiancé for some time. This seems to be the end of a long friendship. But a stroke of fate brings the two men together again some time later and Kyle, who has found a new love in the meantime, lets Mike back into his life. Some turbulent episodes follow in which Kyle regrets his decision more than once - but in the end the friendship always seems to win.
Based on the short film of the same name Michael Angelo Covino has made a wonderfully weird film about a real friendship between men with "The Climb". An American indie pearl with a lot of French flair - that is unusual enough in itself. But when singing gravediggers or spontaneous dance interludes are added to the mix, it's a real rarity. Granted, the film doesn't have a stringent story. It rather jumps cheerfully into different episodes, that span over several years. Sometimes you are attending a Thanksgiving dinner at Kyle's family's house, sometimes you are an onlooker at a skiing holiday and then again you watch your friends ice fishing for a bachelor party.
The dialogues, which like the rest of the movie are full of wacky humour, seem improvised at times, but they make you smile all the time rather than make you laugh. The production clearly benefits from the fact that the two main actors and screenwriters Michael Angelo Covino and Kyle Marvin are best friends in real life, too. The chemistry between the two is perfect and the way they play the comedic balls to each other is just great.
However, it must also be said that the festival darling, who was awarded the "Prix Coup de coeur" in Cannes in 2019, has a depressing side as well as a humorous one. There is also something destructive about the friendship between the men, which gives the whole thing a certain gravity. Therefore, it's also possible that some viewers won't see the ending as something positive, but see it that way, that Kyle just can't be happy as long as Mike plays a role in his life. From this point of view the whole thing wouldn't be a praise for long-lasting friendships, but a bitterly evil look into the abyss, which unconditional friendship can bring along.
Either way, "The Climb" is a really original movie with a charm all of its own, which friends should definitely watch for some wacky, yet never too dirty indie-comedies. A very clear case of: worth seeing!
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