North Face

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Released 2008

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Director:
Philipp Stolzl
Released:
2008
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Based on a true story, North Face is a suspenseful adventure film about a competition to climb the most dangerous rock face in the Alps. Set in 1936, as Nazi propaganda urges the nation's Alpinists to conquer the unclimbed north face of the Swiss massif - the Eiger - two reluctant German climbers begin their daring ascent.

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  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Betsy Sharkey

    This is a film done right by just about every measure. The extremes of the story seep deep into your bones -- the beauty, the allure, the desperation and especially the cold in thi...

  • 80

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Transfixing in the way that well-told life-and-death adventure tales inevitably are. It is the film's more mundane elements -- an awkward, under-nourished love story and half-baked...

  • 70

    Variety Derek Elley

    An often grippingly staged mountain movie that's good but not great.

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    Historical, Foreign Language