Monday, March 30, 2020

Movie Review: This Mountain Life

This Mountain Life is a beautiful, inspiring documentary about a grown daughter and her 60 year old mother who ski traverse the Coast Mountains of British Colombia, a six month trip in the winter. But this movie is not just about them or their trip. It is about people who choose to live their lives and pursue their passions.


Movie review: This Mountain Life

"Shot in cinematic detail, This Mountain Life is a riveting examination of human passion set high in the peaks of British Columbia". - This Mountain Life homepage.
Martina Halik (at age 29) is planning to ski/hike/climb the Coast Mountain range in British Columbia from Squamish, BC to Skagway, AK. This is a trip that is over 2,300k (1,400+ miles). She invites her mother to come. Martina describes her mom as super hardcore and very humble. 

Tania Halik was 59 when her daughter was planning this trip. Without hesitation she said that she would go along. And would consider the trip her 60th birthday present. Tania tells us how proud she is of her daughter. That her daughter has not done anything this difficult. She says this with love. And we learn that this is the 2nd time Tania has crossed mountains. I thought that I couldn't imagine taking this trip, but after learning about Tania's first trip I realized that this 2nd trip was probably the equivalent of a pleasure cruise compared to her first adventure.

"Maybe when I'm old I'll [do other trips]. And then I get these odd looks and I realize, oh they think I'm old now. I don't feel old. "  - Tania Halik

It is a wonderful thing to see a parent and an adult child admire and appreciate each other the way the Halik women appear to. 

The planned route
This movie is not a detailed look at their trip. Nor is it a how-to-traverse-mountains video. Although, you may learn something. For example, I had no idea that it was possible to ski up steep mountainsides! This documentary is a variety of brief glimpses at the Haliks as individuals, as a mother and daughter, and of the terrain they are traveling through on this very long trip. It is a movie about living.

In addition the Halik story, the movie cuts out to vignettes about 5 other people. At first, I found the vignettes to be pretty but jarring. But by the end of the movie I felt that it was a gift to have met these people. I viewed the movie a second time within the same week and those vignettes were my favorite portions. I looked forward to meeting those folks again.
"I'm not interested in dying. I'm up there because I want to live" - Barry Blanchard, mountain guide/climber

This movie is about people who are following their passion and living their lives. Really living their lives - not just going through each day habitually. It is also about the magic of the mountains and encourages us all to experience that magic.  Granted, not all of us will make art in the snow, survive an avalanche, climb frozen mountains, be a nun who skies across snowy clearings at the mountain monestary, live on a remote homestead for 50 years, or ski for 6 months from one country to another.

Us less skilled folks do not have to go into the backcountry for months in order to experience nature's benefits. But we can each appreciate the beauty of the outdoors around us and become rejuvenated through the sights, sounds, and fresh air. Us folks who are not skilled in the mountains, can choose to actively follow our passions where they lead us.

I watched this movie in bed late one night. I expected to fall asleep during the movie. Not only did I not fall asleep but I became energized. I got out of bed after the movie feeling stirred and excited to continue to pursue my own passions. It took me hours to settle and fall asleep - in a good way.

Perhaps this movie hit me hard because my dream is to live in a small house, on my own piece of land, in the mountains of West Virginia. But I think this movie would be appealing to a broad range of people. Especially those who want to live a more inspired life.

I saw the movie via Amazon Prime. You can find it here. Amazon also offers the video in DVD format.

Watch the official video trailer on Vimeo here

If you would like to know more about my mountain homesteading dreams, you can read more about me and The Shack here


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7 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness Dawn! I just watched the trailer and this sounds like an incredible movie. I can see how it would energize you and make you want to see, really see what is around you at all times. I don't think I'm cut out for this kind of adventure, but I can live vicariously through these people. Thanks for pointing this movie out to me. I will watch it for sure.

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  2. What beautiful country. This looks like an incredible adventure. Thank you for sharing this story of deep passion for life and living it to the hilt.

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  3. Wow! Dawn, I watched the trailer and agree with Olivia. Simply Amazing!! We have Amazon Prime so I'll be looking for this one. Thanks for a great review!!

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  4. It sounds like a very inspiring documentary! It isn't always easy for everyone to follow their passions. Unfortunately, it takes money and most have to work in order to survive. Having said that, I'm pretty sure we all have off time. While we might not be able to take off for 6 months, we can (and should) pursue our passions for 6 days or 6 hours when we can snatch the time from responsibilities. I love that the mother, at the age of 60, went with her daughter! That is very cool and an adventure together that the daughter will never forget.

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  5. My kind of documentary. I will definitely watch it. I love stories about people who are truly living and going for the gusto. It's how I want to live. Sounds very inspirational. Thanks for introducing me to this film.

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  6. This Mountain Life sounds like a very interesting documentary film. I do admire people who follow their passions!

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  7. Thanks so much for the heads-up on this movie. I'll have to watch it. I was also moved by how much this documentary/movie moved you. It really seems to have connected with you. There's an adventurer in you as well and I'm sure you could see yourself through them.

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