Monday, October 5, 2009

Best British Films: 11. Touching the Void

One of only two documentaries to make The Observer's list of best British films, Touching the Void tells the story of two ambitious mountaineers, Simon Yates and Joe Simpson, as they attempt to climb "Siula Grande," an enormous mountain in the Andes. Despite their experience and confidence, things go awry, and the two friends fight an unnerving battle for survival.

Touching the Void is presented as a first-rate thriller. Mixing interviews with dramatic re-enactments of the legendary trek, director Kevin Macdonald creates a suspenseful and fascinating documentary that gives intense insight into the dangerous world of mountaineering. ****/4


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