The Eight Mountains
Director: Charlotte Vandermeersch, Felix van Groeningen Run Time: 148 min. Rating: Not rated Release Year: 2022 Language: Italian
Starring: Alessandro Borghi, Elena Lietti, Elisabetta Mazzullo, Filippo Timi, Luca Marinelli
Original title: Le otto montagne
The decades-long relationship between two Italians, from boys to middle-aged men.
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 (Luca Marinelli) from Milan, and Bruno (Alessandro Borghi), who grew up in an isolated mountainside village. From the filmmakers behind Academy Award®-nominee The Broken Circle Breakdown, and based on the bestselling novel by Paolo Cognetti.
In Italian with English subtitles.
“Magnificent. A gorgeous, glorious retreat. One of the strongest and most vibrantly shot pictures in the Cannes Competition.”
Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times
“*****! (Highest Rating). This is a movie with air in its lungs and love in its heart. It is spacious and unhurried in its devotion to beauty and to what it means to be human. This film has mystery and passion, it climbs mountainous heights and rewards you with the opposite of vertigo: a sort of exaltation.”
Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Intoxicating. A tender story about love and friendship. The Belgian writer-directors Felix van Groeningen and Charlotte Vandermeersch keep the characters — and the movie — immersed in beauty. You are immediately plunged into the region’s splendors and mysteries, its densely sheltering foliage, enigmatically abandoned corners and dramatic, seemingly limitless vistas.”
Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
“Profound. A Ravishing Movie. Unprepared is the best way to go into this movie, which feels like a discovery and like something made out of time (in the best possible way). bewitches you. The Eight Mountains has uncommon gravity and gorgeousness—and a moving generosity.”
Taylor Antrim, Vogue
“One of the year’s best movies. Rich and Moving. A vivid, sweeping film about male friendship is like reading a satisfying novel. It has heft and breadth.“
Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair