A suspenseful adventure film about a competition to climb the most dangerous rock face in the Alps. Set in 1936, as Nazi propaganda urges the nation’s Alpinists to conquer the unclimbed north face of the Swiss massif, the Eiger, two reluctant German climbers begin their daring ascent.
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Great adventure movie. No need for superheroes here, just men against rocks, wind and snow. The fourth element, fire, can be found over the frozen face of these characters or glowing in the chimneys of those who stayed home. Highly recommended.
Each viewing of the incredibly impressive "Nordwand" genuinely brings forth new discoveries. The cinematography is outstanding and the production design is overall pretty immaculate. The blustering snow atop the Eiger is contrasted with the warm glow of a fireplace indoors at the base hotel, and this works marvellously well. Although unbearably stressful at times, this film is a beautiful piece of historic fiction.
The contrast between the warm safe hotel and the terrible mountain conditions made it even more hard to watch the main characters suffer. At around the 1 hour mark I lost all hope. Beautiful cinematography and perfect film score.
Finally sat down and watched this after having wanted to for a couple years now. Completely gut-wrenching and well worth the wait. Feels a little long in parts but it’s not often a movie gets much emotion out of me and this got a lot at one point, so it makes up for it in strides. Recommended if you want to get chilly.