From the Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald and based on the best-selling memoir by Joe Simpson, this is an extraordinarily gripping story of human endurance that won the 2004 BAFTA for Best British Film.
The book recounts a climb that Simpson and his climbing partner, Simon Yates, took in the Peruvian Andes in 1985. The two young and ambitious mountaineers successfully scaled the west face of Siula Grande, a remote and treacherous 21,000 foot peak. Starting their descent through a blizzard, disaster struck when Simpson fell, shattering his leg. A heroic battle for survival unfolded in which both men were faced with life or death decisions. Simpson and Yates returned to the Siula Grande together for the first time to retell their story for the camera, and their testimonies and reflections are utterly compelling.
★★★★ "A chilling depiction of the agonising disintegration of body and mind as they are exposed to the elements" - Ed Halliwell, Empire
★★★★★ "A real-life human drama that David Lean would have loved" - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian