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"The closer you are to death. The more you realize you are alive."

This gripping documentary retelling of Joe Simpson's best selling book is as edge of your seat and spiritually touching as any Hollywood drama. It is a story of agony in the face of horrific weather conditions and the violent nature of the world's towering mountains. The year 1985 saw adventurists Joe Simpson and Simon Yates attempt to summit one of the taller peaks of the Peruvian Andes, a journey that would nearly claim their lives.

Simpson and Yates' harrowing tale is documented through a seamlessly woven collage of interviews, re-enactments and beautifully filmed scenes on location in Peru. At times the friends walk you through the events surrounding the incidents exactly where those events took place while other scenes are acted to painful precision on the slopes of the treacherous Andes. As the life long friends relive their brush with death the viewer is steadily pulled deeper into an emotionally overwhelming cinematic experience.

R
| 2003 | 1 hr 46 min | 8.0/10 | 82/100
Cast
Brendan Mackey, Nicholas Aaron, Richard Hawking, Joe Simpson
Studio
IFC Films
Director
Kevin Macdonald
Language
English
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