登上須彌山

HKIFF 2016 最終回:04/04/2016 @ The Metroplex

Meru (2015) / Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi

Meru (2015) / Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi

“You can’t just be a good ice climber. You can’t just be good at altitude. You can’t just be a good rock climber. It’s defeated so many good climbers and maybe will defeat everybody for all time. Meru isn’t Everest. On Everest you can hire Sherpas to take most of the risks. This is a whole different kind of climbing.” – Jon Krakauer (author of “Into The Wild” & “Into Thin Air”)

今年電影節收爐之選!無法言喻的好看!三名職業攀山者追求夢想,挑戰極限,置生死於險峰之間。全片沒有多餘的煽情修飾,一切盡是結實的攀山紀錄。影片大部份鏡頭由導演兼著名攀山攝影師Jimmy Chin及多年拍檔Renan Ozturk所拍攝,呈現於觀眾眼前的除了那懾人的大自然景色,還有攀山者真實的人生故事。

攀山不只是一項講求體能的運動,也需要動腦筋,事前需要周詳計劃,準備攀登路線、應變措施等等。攀登時則需時刻保持冷靜,適當運用不同的攀登技巧,才能成功登峰。攀山者需要克服的不僅是自然界的各種考驗(暴風雪、雪崩、懸崖峭壁),還有自身的壓力與包袱。著名登山冒險家Conrad Anker於片中不時憶述當年與亦師亦友的拍檔的各種點滴,這次與年輕拍檔一同冒險,讓他更意識到師徒制的重要,唯有這樣才可把冒險精神傳承下去。

第一次的失敗並沒有阻止他們攀登的慾望。沉澱過後,三人變得更堅定,征服Shark’s Fin的決心變得更強,尤其是曾經歷滑雪意外的Renan Ozturk。曾徘徊於死亡邊緣的他,憑著無比意志,努力進行復健,過程刻苦,最終與隊友成功登上頂峰,那一刻實在感動。

不得不提此片的配樂,看得出導演考慮到歌詞與畫面的關係,安排很有心思。例如,攻頂前一晚,背景音樂是José Gonzales翻唱The Knife的〈Heartbeats〉,很治癒;翌日,三人決定攻頂,UNKLE那首〈The Answer (Trentemoller Remix)〉晶瑩通透的前奏緩緩響起;三人成功登頂時,背景音樂響起Explosions in the Sky的〈The Birth and Death of the Day〉,澎湃的結他前奏與壯麗的山脈景色非常匹配;最後,影片以Andra Day的〈The Light That Never Fails〉作結。細聽之下,發現歌詞不僅道出攀山者的心聲,也是影片的重要訊息--相信自己,並懷著勇氣去追求夢想。

“Am I taking too many chances? Can I control the risk? Of course you can’t control the risk. Well, why am I doing this? Because I have to do it or I go crazy.” 美國著名攀山文學作家Jon Krakauer在片中如是說。我想,這就是冒險的意義。Taking chances,縱使有風險,但滿足感往往來自於那份突破自己、走出comfort zone的勇氣。

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