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Eight Mountains (The)

Country: Italy, Belgium, France, Language: Italian, 147 mins

Original Title

Le Otto Montagne
  • Director: Felix van Groeningen, Charlotte Vandermeersch
  • Writer: Paolo Cognetti, Charlotte Vandermeersch, Felix van Groeningen
  • Producer: Hans Everaert, Lorenzo Gangarossa, Mario Gianani, Rocco Messere, Gianluca Mizzi, Olivia Sleiter, Louis Tisné

CGiii Comment

This is an interesting film about relationships between men-father son, boyhood friends, adult males. It explores the way they relate, for better and worse, in a way not many films have-how they support each other, covey respect, emotion, and leave each other alone. It does so without judgement, in a non self-conscious way even as it explores these issues across class lines, which is no small feat.

That said, there are some gaps. Not all choices follow logically from the preceding events, without imagining or assuming more (romantic feelings?) that is not explored. Perhaps it attempts to cover too much, a lifetime of feelings in one movie.

But it is a beautiful film. And one of its main characters-the mountains-shines gorgeously throughout with some beautiful cinematography.



The(ir) Blurb...

An epic journey of friendship and self-discovery set in the breathtaking Italian Alps, The Eight Mountains follows over four decades the profound, complex relationship between Pietro and Bruno.

Cast & Characters

Luca Marinelli (as Pietro Guasti)
Alessandro Borghi (as Bruno Guglielmina)
Lupo Barbiero (as Pietro (da piccolo))
Cristiano Sassella (as Bruno (da piccolo))
Elisabetta Mazzullo (as Lara)
Andrea Palma (as Pietro (da adolescente))
Surakshya Panta (as Asmi)
Elena Lietti (as Francesca Guasti)
Filippo Timi (as Giovanni Guasti)
Elisa Zanotto (as Barbara)
Chiara Jorrioz (as Sonia)
Fiammetta Olivieri (as Donna con le capre)
Gualtiero Burzi (as Luigi, zio di Bruno)
Adriano Favre (as Guardiano rifugio)
Francesco Palombelli (as Bruno (da adolescente))
Alex Sassella (as Padre di Bruno)
Leandro Gago (as Amigo alla festa)
Daniela De Pellegrin (as Amica della madre)
Aurora Pernici (as Coinquilini Torino)
Ermes Piffer (as Coinquilini Torino)
Paolo Cognetti (as Pablo)
Benedetto Patruno (as Massimo)
Iris Barbiero (as Anita)
Cheche Gurung (as Affittacamere Nepal)
Wangdi Gurung (as Affittacamere Nepal)