The Alpinist
Adventure, Biography, Documentary
1 hours 33 minutes
Age restriction:
Peter MortimerNick Rosen
Marc-Andre Leclerc,
Brette Harrington,
Barry Blanchard,
Reinhold Messner,
Alex Honnold,
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The Alpinist

1 hours 33 minutes | Rated E

As the sport of climbing turns from a niche pursuit to mainstream media event, Marc-André Leclerc climbs alone, far from the limelight. On remote alpine faces, the free-spirited 23-year-old makes some of the boldest solo ascents in history. Yet, he draws scant attention. With no cameras, no rope, and no margin for error, Marc-André’s approach is the essence of solo adventure. Intrigued by these quiet accomplishments, veteran filmmaker Peter Mortimer (The Dawn Wall) sets out to make a film about Marc-André. But the Canadian soloist is an elusive subject: nomadic and publicity shy, he doesn’t own a phone or car, and is reluctant to let the film crew in on his pure vision of climbing. As Peter struggles to keep up, Marc-Andrés climbs grow bigger and more daring. Elite climbers are amazed by his accomplishments, while others worry that he is risking too much. Then, Marc-André embarks on a historic adventure in Patagonia that will redefine what is possible in solo climbing. THE ALPINIST is an intimate documentary of a visionary climber who follows the path of his own passion, despite the heaviest of possible consequences.


Leclerc’s story goes in a slightly different, somewhat unexpected direction. The film-makers’ enthusiasm for his clarity of purpose is all well and good, but it does leave the film prone to hyperbole… Guardian

The film is too pedestrian to really share Leclerc’s spirit – but it captures some of his ascents in scenes both hypnotic and terrifying, and in those you sense you glimpse the essence of him, wholly in the now. Financial Times

The images here are often dizzying and dazzling. Variety

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