Meru

Husband and wife directing team Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin’s 2015 documentary Meru is about three crazy, passionate guys attempting to climb what seems to us, mere mortals, the most dangerous mountain. Meru Peak is a mountain in the Indian Himalayas and what Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk were trying to climb is called “Shark’s Fin” route. They made a first attempt in 2008, but it failed when a snow storm hit their tent. Even though they almost reached the peak, they made a decision to go back because they would not have had enough food left to come back. Jimmy Chin, an award-winning photographer and documentary filmmaker, filmed and took photos of their adventures with Renan Ozturk’s help. The beauty of those images and the challenge of filming as they are climbing makes it a unforgetable movie experience. A more emotional side is shown as their wives and their family are also interviewed. Going to back to Meru Peak proved harder. Renan Ozturk was in a terrible accident that left him with cranial and spinal fractures. But against all odds, and to our amazement, Ozturk recovered and climbed the mountain in 2011. Crazy, passionate and beautiful.

Rémi-Serge Gratton

Meru

Directed by
Jimmy Chin and
Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi

Screenplay by
Jimmy Chin and
Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi

87 min.

Rated 14

 

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