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The Last Mountain

The Last Mountain
The Last Mountain
The Last Mountain
  • NR
  • 1h 47m
  • 2022
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In 2019 record-breaking British climber Tom Ballard disappeared on one of the Himalayas' most deadly mountains, Nanga Parbat. 25 years earlier and just 100 miles away, his mother Alison Hargreaves, one of the greatest ever female mountaineers, perished on K2. The Last Mountain follows Tom's sister, Kate, on a trip to Nanga Parbat to say goodbye to her brother. Combining intimate family archive shot over 25 years with Tom's own extraordinary footage taken up until just days before his death, the documentary tells the incredible and emotional story of a family who lived - and were prepared to die for - the love of scaling the icy heights of the world's highest peaks.
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Common Sense Says
Emotional climbing docu explores grief, human achievements.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Last Mountain is an emotional documentary about the death of two mountain climbers, a mother and son, who died in the Himalayas 24 years apart. Kate Ballard visits the mountain where her brother, Tom, died in 2019, while reflecting on the death of her mother, Alison Hargreaves, who died in 1995 on a mountain just 100 miles from Tom. The film includes footage of both Tom and Kate as kids with their mother, right through to the present day. Rather than a morbid and somber approach, the documentary celebrates the curiosity, courage, and perseverance of humans. The achievements of Alison and particularly Tom are praised, both coming across as incredibly impressive, albeit single-minded, individuals. However, their deaths are not sidestepped with the circumstances of Tom's death discussed in great detail. The phone call where Kate informs her father that a body, presumed to be Tom, has been found is caught on camera. These moments are incredibly heartbreaking to watch. The body of Tom, along with that of his climbing partner, Daniele Nardi, are also seen in an aerial photograph. There is also footage of avalanches and of climbers falling, leading to some use of "f--k," although this is more out of frustration than injury.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Documentary
  • Release Date:July 27, 2020
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:No
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