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Criticism of ‘The Eight Mountains’, an exciting story of friendship

Felix Van Groeningen and Charlotte Vandermeersch direct Alessandro Borghi and Luca Marinelli (the best Italian actor of his generation) in this rural drama about friendship.

      There are loves that are bigger than life. This is what happens in The Eight Mountains, but it is about a love that has nothing to do with romanticism, but with the purest friendship, the one that is established between two children during their childhood and that will be forged in adulthood. . Felix van Groeningen and Charlotte Vandermeersch adapt Paolo Cognetti’s novel of the same title in which many topics are discussed, including the concept of nature, too often reduced to a stereotype, as well as the forging of one’s own identity.

      The directors adapt to the telluric impulses of a story in which the geographical environment of the Italian Alps stands almost like a mythological terrain through the life journeys of two children, later men, from different social backgrounds. Thus, the landscaping that usually weighs down this type of tape is compensated by the delicacy of that relationship based on silence and brotherhood through the culture of effort and in which that idealized space ends up becoming a prison. A film punctuated by a beautiful poetry that shrinks from within.

      For those who want to take refuge in exciting stories about friendship

      The worst: the indiscriminate abuse of the soundtrack.

      Data sheet

      Address: Felix Van Groeningen, Charlotte Vandermeersch Distribution: Luca Marinelli, Alessandro Borghi, Filippo Timi, Elena Lietti, Elisabetta Mazzullo. Country: Italy Year: 2022 Release date: 19–5-2023 Gender: Drama Script: Felix Van Groeningen, Charlotte Vandermeersch Duration: 147 min.

      Synopsis: Pietro and Bruno are two friends from different worlds. The former is a city man while the latter is the last child of a forgotten mountain village. The tape recounts their relationship over the years, with Bruno faithful to his mountain, and Pietro coming and going from the city.

      Source: Fotogramas