From the start this is clearly a slick production, with great use of black and white, creative effects, and a strong emphasis on the accompanying dance soundtrack. This film certainly has a strong identity. The film follows some of the top local climbing in Germany’s infamous Frankenjura. It mixes in stills photography and rostrum shots to give a bit of historical coverage. The film mixes climbing footage with well thought-out cutaways to maintain interest, and is clearly well filmed and produced.
The dialogue, in German, is subtitled via a "narration sheet", and proves a surprisingly humorous commentary.
The film certainly sells the Frankenjura as a bouldering destination – the problems look excellent, not to mention hard. On that latter point, there’s no much in this film that isn’t bloody-hard (not much under font 8a) but there aren’t that many bouldering videos where such a large quantity of high level problems get completed.
In summary, a sharp, interesting film which might just be enough to make the truly dedicated want to make a trip to somewhere other than Font.
STARRING: Ameli Haager, Andi Hofmann, Andre Behr, Fabian Christof, Lutz Limburg, Markus Bock, Norbert Bätz, Peter Schneider, Philipp Warda, Sarah Seeger
FORMAT: PAL, Regional Code Free, German with an English Narration sheet