Stories about the Holocaust lead to
questions at the heart of our humanity. Beyond what it means to be human
— Dr. Cornel West’s assertion that the human urge is to engage in the
fierce struggle to live with the inevitability of death — what is it
that we, in any given moment or situation, would be willing to do to
survive or to protect the life of another?
Writer/director Philipp Stolzl precariously filmed on the actual face of the Swiss massif, the Eiger North Face, to create a nail-biting Nazi-era historic drama so convincing that you'll get chilled to the bone like the mountain climbers on screen. Grade: A-.