The Eight Mountains

Felix Van Groeningen & Charlotte Vandermeersch, Italy / Belgium / France / GB, 2019

Lupo Barbiero, Cristiano Sassella, Elena Lietti Rated 12 Run time 147 mins

Pietro and Bruno are 12-year-old boys.  One is from a middle-class city background and the other is a country boy living on a farm, but they form a lifelong friendship against the breathtaking Alpine background of the Aosta valley.  After Pietro’s father dies, they embark on an ambitious reconstruction project.  Intense, dramatic and beautifully shot, this is an absorbing and profound meditation on both male bonding and the immensity of nature.

90% – Rotten Tomatoes

7.7 / 10 – IMDB

“This is a beautiful and provocative story about a profoundly rooted friendship, and one that’s obsessed with the consequences of living freely and asking us to consider that which we leave behind in the pursuit of personal enlightenment.”

“Rich in novelistic detail and lucid in its realism, the film is a meditative, slow crescendo of wounded feelings and quiet epiphanies.”

The Eight Mountains Review: A Lucid Coming-of-Age Story About the Power of Friendship – Slant Magazine