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This is an au­then­tic climb­ing film about three men who at­tempt to sum­mit a dif­fi­cult knife­shaped peak at the head­wa­ters of the Ganges River. The climb, at­tempted un­suc­cess­fully by many, in­volves both dan­ger­ous ice-and-snow and rock-face tech­niques. Shot pro­fes­sion­ally by two of the three climbers, the film makes the acts of climb­ing im­me­di­ate, from screw­ing in anchors to winch­ing up sup­plies through thin air. It also of­fers a unique view into the lifestyle and the value of trust among climbers. What hap­pens be­tween the two Meru at­tempts, both led by cel­e­brated moun­taineer Con­rad Anker, is as im­por­tant to the nar­ra­tive as the climb it­self.

Not rated. 90 min­utes. Vi­o­let Crown. (Bill Kohlhaase)

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