Mountain

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The Mountain

Rick Alverson
USA, 2018
Features, 108min, OmeU

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The Mountain

Rick Alverson
USA, 2018
Features, 108min, OmeU

Cast: 
Tye Sheridan
Andy
Jeff Goldblum
Dr. Wallace Fiennes
Denis Lavant
Jack
Hannah Gross
Susan
Udo Kier
Frederick
Cast: 
Szenenbild
Jacqueline Abrahams
Screenplay: 
Rick Alverson
Dustin Guy Defa
Colm O’Leary
Camera: 
Lorenzo Hagerman
Editor: 
Rick Alverson
Michael Taylor
Decoration: 
Jacqueline Abrahams
Costume: 
Elizabeth Warn

Production: 
Vice Studios
Remergence
World Sales: 
The Match Factory
Format: 
DCP
Color

“A desperate woman, we will help her!” Such is the credo of Dr. Wallace Fiennes, a lobotomist who performs in psychiatric wards. The psychosurgeon is supported by a young helper, whose mother has already fallen victim to the cruel procedure. Until the mid-1950’s the deliberate destruction of brain tissue was considered an advanced method of psychiatry in cases of of severe psychosis or chronic major depression. A steel knife, pushed through the eye socket into the neuronal tissue of the frontal lobe, simply extinguished all sentience. The neurologist Walter Freeman (1895–1972), clearly the model for Goldblum’s character, operated on more than 3.500 patients. THE MOUNTAIN is an artfully slowed- down film that uses lobotomy as a metaphor for the ambitions of American men, “adamantly blind for their ramifications” (Rick Alverson).

While THE MOUNTAIN is creating a more and more dreamlike and anesthetized atmosphere, the film also offers an encounter with the figure skater ballet of Udo Kier, bewildering pin-up collections, and a hypermanic artist, whose grown-up daughter seeks an escape route out of her misery. THE MOUNTAIN is ready to follow her all the way. (Robert Weixlbaumer)

In the presence of Rick Alverson

Rick Alverson: THE BUILDER (2010), NEW JERUSALEM (2011), THE COMEDY (2012), THE SIXTH YEAR (2013, Episode), ENTERTAINMENT (2015)