The atmosphere in The Mountain is so stunningly austere, thanks in part to the atonal, beseeching soundtrack, you start to think there’s a dark, evil universe lurking behind the orderly surface of the screen, poised to enter this world at any moment.

We experience this simmering threat through the eyes of young Andy, who is travelling with his disappeared mother’s former doctor, Dr Fiennes – a surprisingly restrained role by Jeff Goldblum. This neurologist asks the boy to accompany him as a photographer during operations. What follows is a journey through American psychiatric institutions of the 1950s, where Fiennes subjects women to lobotomies – a treatment already outmoded at that time. The Mountain, filmed in stark 4:3 framing, shows an ice-cold male world from which all forms of humanity are surgically removed. Including the small signs of life Andy occasionally dares to show. Grimly sober, tragically loveless.

Filmmaker
Rick Alverson
Country
USA
Year
2018
Medium
DCP
Length
108’
Language
English, French
Producer
Sarah Murphy
Production Company
Remergence
Sales
The Match Factory GmbH
Writer
Rick Alverson, Dustin Guy Defa, Colm O'Leary
Cinematography
Lorenzo Hagerman
Editor
Michael Taylor, Rick Alverson
Production Design
Jacquelin Abrahams
Sound Design
Gene Park
Music
Robert Donne
Cast
Tye Sheridan, Denis Lavant, Udo Kier, Hannah Gross, Jeff Goldblum, Annemarie Lawless, Eleonore Hendricks
Website
https://www.madebedproductions.com