Touching the Void (Classic Film Pick)
The docudrama genre has never been as well utilized as it is in director Kevin Macdonald’s groundbreaking rendering of the remarkable true story of two young British mountain climbers’ near death experience climbing the 21,000 foot Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes in 1985. Based on mountain climber Joe Simpson’s book "Touching the Void: The Harrowing First-Person Account of One Man's Miraculous Survival," the film uses talking-head accounts by the actual climbers (Joe Simpson and Simon Yates), intercut with breathtaking reenactments of the actual events using stunt climbers and actors (Nicholas Aaron and Brendan Mackey). Fascinating, intense, and steeped in the extent of man’s will to live, “Touching The Void” is a film that will rattle your nerves and give you a colder chill than you have ever felt before. "Touching the Void" stands as a definitive textbook example of the rarest of feature film genres; the docudrama.
Rated R. 106 mins. (A+) (Five Stars)