At the opening sequence you see a group of climbers shivering, you realize the moment is intense in a physical, mental and psychological way. The tone of the story is set.
Meru is a mountain known among climbers for being impossible to climb, and that’s why it’s so tempting and almost an obsession for Conrad Anker , Renan Ozturk, and Jimmy Chin especially after several failed attempts on conquering the Shark’s Fin on Meru Mountain. They’re not the only ones on that unfinished journey; many had tried and failed over 30 years.
As we watch Meru we also get to know each of them, and although it’s hard to explain in words, we get how climbing, is a lifestyle. What it means to them, and we get to see them in their personal journey as a climbing team. Which is another point to learn: how a climber needs a team and a mentor, both equally important, as climbing is also a craftsmanship. The better knowledge and judgment your mentor has, the better climber you become, as Conrad explains. Jimmy shares also his life journey as an immigrant in the United States, and how laughable poorly their parents thought of him, even considering a “homeless man” as his sister explains, but she also tells us a story on how Jimmy helped her after she divorced, tooking her in with her children. Renan has the hardest experience as he has to overcome physical challenges and that’s all that I’m going to say.
Meru has unexpected incidents but it’s very well rounded as you fully understand the characters wether you’re into this kind of lifestyle or not. It takes you there, to the Himalayan Mountains with them. It is at times intimate, at times a good source of learning on this new generation who choose this lifestyle of traveling to exotic locations, living a hard but espectacular way of life, and makes you wonder of all the things they’ve seen and places they’ve been. No wonder it won the Audience Award at Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.
Neru opens this weekend in Vancouver at the Fifth Avenue Cinemas. For tickets and shows go to the Cineplex.com website.