Fifth about The Seventh

The Summit of the Gods (Le Sommet des Dieux)

The Summit of the Gods: Patrick Imbert’s stunning animation tells the interlocking stories of two men, a journalist and the man he is looking for. It is, however, a film about obsession in general and for climbing in particular. It displays the full range of emotions that come from climbing: the thrill, the peace, the risks, the heartbreak. The character models are comparatively simple, but still well-done enough that at no point a character becomes indistinguishable from another. The world, however, is on a level by itself: both the mountain ranges and the urban landscapes are incredibly done, very detailed, showing the scale of them, with beautiful colours and light. The voice performances (Damien Boisseau and Eric Herson-Macarel play the protagonists) are effective and far from showy. Composer Amin Bouhafa’s musical score is a wonderful fit for the material, with its eerie tone.

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