20 Seconds of Joy

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Traces the story of an extreme athlete, past and present; but also explores the psychology behind life, death, risk and the confrontation of fear.

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Critic Reviews for 20 Seconds of Joy

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  • Reminiscent of the brilliantly edited diving sequence in Leni Riefenstahl's 1936 Olympic Games documentary, Olympia, the movie sometimes suggests that gravity has been forgotten and human beings really can fly with the greatest of ease.

    Jan 5, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • Jens Hoffmann's perceptive portrait of Norwegian base jumper Karina Hollekim.

    Jan 5, 2009 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for 20 Seconds of Joy

  • Jan 03, 2012
    I can't understand why people choose to base jump particularly given the risks but this film is great at exploring the psychology of why people do it. The film reaches its logical conclusion.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 01, 2010
    Middling and muddled for much of its duration despite the spectacular BASE jumping footage, it becomes very intriguing for the last 10 minutes after a routine skydive goes wrong. The footage of said skydive, shot entirely in first person from a helmet camera, is some of the most harrowing I have ever seen.
    Eduardo C Super Reviewer

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