NORTH FACE

Moral Courage

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Release Date: February 12, 2010

Starring: Benno Fürmann, Johanna
Wokalek, Florian Lukas, Simon
Schwarz, Georg Friedrich, and
Ulrich Tukur

Genre: Historical Drama

Audience: Older children to adults

Rating: Not Rated

Runtime: 121 minutes

Distributor: Music Box Films

Director: Philipp Stölzl

Executive Producer: None

Producer: Boris Schoenfelder, Danny
Krausz, Rudolph Santschi, and
Benjamin Herrmann

Writer: Philipp Stölzl, Christoph
Silber, Rupert Henning, and
Johannes Naber

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Content:

(BBB, CC, L, V, A, D, M) Very strong moral worldview with overt Christian moment when people recite the Lord’s Prayer over a fallen comrade; six obscenities (two “s” words, two “d” words, one SOB and one “h” word) and one My God; intense mountain climbing scenes includes man falls to his death, rock hits man on head, man slammed against mountain, and people freeze to death; no sex scenes; no nudity; alcohol use; some smoking; and, fascism but it is rebuked and callousness but it is rebuked.

Summary:

NORTH FACE is a compelling German movie about a 1936 attempt to be the first to climb the imposing Eiger rock face in Switzerland. The mountain climbing sequences are stunning, especially as the tension mounts. It has a strong moral worldview with a Christian prayer scene, but there are a few obscenities, so caution for young children is advised.

Review:

NORTH FACE is a compelling German movie about a 1936 attempt to be the first to climb the imposing Eiger rock face in Switzerland.

The movie’s opening sets the stage, showing the Nazi Party urging German Alpinists to be the first to climb the unconquered north face of the Eiger. The north face is so dangerous and has claimed so many lives that people call it The Ogre rather than the Eiger.

Two German climbers, Toni and Andi, run into Luise, the early love of Toni. Luise is a budding young reporter in Berlin. Looking to impress her older boss, Luise helps convince them, especially a reluctant Toni, to make the climb.

While groups of mountain climbers from other countries sleep, Tony and Andi start off in the dead of night, followed by two Austrian climbers. All goes well at first, but then a vicious snowstorm causes the climbers to lose their advantage over the mountain. A race against time and nature ensues.

NORTH FACE is a moral tale of courage in the face of great physical challenges. The mountain climbing sequences are stunning, especially as the tension mounts.

In the end, Luise’s headline-hunting boss reveals his callousness. In his mind, only a successful climb or tragic failure and death, not a valiant rescue, will make for better headlines. Luise eventually puts him in his place, however, as she tries to help her friends. There is also a scene where the Lord’s Prayer is read over a fallen comrade. The movie has a few obscenities, however, so caution for younger children is required.

In Brief:

NORTH FACE is a compelling German movie about a 1936 attempt to be the first to climb the imposing Eiger rock face in Switzerland. In 1936, Nazi Party officials urge German Alpinists to climb the unconquered north face of the Eiger, sometimes called “The Ogre.” Two German climbers, Toni and Andi, run into Luise, the early love of Toni. Luise is a budding reporter in Berlin. Looking to impress her boss, Luise convinces them, especially a reluctant Toni, to make the climb. While climbers from other countries sleep, Tony and Andi start in the dead of night, followed by two Austrian climbers. All goes well at first, but then a vicious snowstorm hits. A race against time and nature ensues.

NORTH FACE is a moral tale of courage in the face of great physical challenges. The mountain climbing sequences are stunning, especially as the tension mounts. As Luise tries to help her stranded friends, she eventually must put her callous boss in his place. NORTH FACE contains a scene where the Lord’s Prayer is read over a fallen comrade. It has a few obscenities, however, so caution for younger children is required.