Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - WEEK IN MOVIES -


In The Walk, what seems to be an open-and-shut case of mind pre­vail­ing over mat­ter is very skil­fully scaled up­wards and out­wards. By the time the fi­nal cred­its roll, the movie has glided to a higher, bet­ter place, where at­ti­tude has tri­umphed over al­ti­tude. And the view is glo­ri­ous. This is the ab­so­lutely true and gen­uinely amaz­ing story of Philippe Pe­tit (played by Joseph Gor­don-Le­vitt), a dec­o­rated French high­wire walker whose ul­ti­mate achieve­ment oc­curred 110 storeys above the foot­paths of New York. It was here, early one Au­gust morn­ing in 1974, that Pe­tit took a lengthy stroll be­tween the twin tow­ers of the World Trade Cen­ter. Af­ter a slug­gish start, Gor­don-Le­vitt mas­ter­fully maps out each step of Pe­tit’s au­da­cious sashay across the sky with both ex­act­ing skill and sur­pris­ing emo­tion.

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