The Australian director Jennifer Peedom, in terms of audiovisual symphony, tells about the climbs of the most inaccessible mountains, the impossible enterprises of climbers and other acrobats of the most remote peaks. But it does not spare us to suggest even the controversial aspects of the most extreme mountaineering practices. Until three centuries ago, the mountains were places of danger, not of beauty. When Everest was conquered in the mid-twentieth century, mountaineering became a quest for perfection and mountains were seen as adversaries to be defeated. Today, when millions of people are enchanted by their magic, the mountains become theaters of leisure: managed and marketed as playgrounds. But the mountains are much more than a distraction or an enemy to beat. Their value lies in recognizing our limits.

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