Mountains are colour magicians. The near ones help the far ones in painting contrasts: glossing over detail in the blue distance, exposing celebration starkly juxtaposed to deprivation in the foreground.
It cannot only be the physical challenge and danger that bring back the mountaineer over a lifetime. The quiet solitude of the rugged setting beats ordinary silence in isolation. Plant-draped rock under a film of earth extends endlessly, bestowing solemn communion with the best of this world in the cathedral cool of bright day.
Heartbeat is enhanced over voice when the reality of being alive suggests possibilities of greater awareness. This is the movie of the year that should not be missed.