The Mountain (2018)

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1950s America. Since his mother's confinement to an institution, Andy has lived in the shadow of his stoic father. A family acquaintance, Dr. Wallace Fiennes, employs the introverted young man as a photographer to document an asylum tour advocating for his increasingly controversial lobotomy procedure.As the tour progresses and Andy witnesses the doctor's career and life unravel, he begins to identify with the institutions' patients. Arriving at a California mountain town, a growing center of the New Age movement, they encounter an unconventional French healer who requests a lobotomy for his own daughter, Susan.

Cast

Jeff Goldblum
as Dr. Wallace Fiennes
Udo Kier
as Frederick

Critic Reviews for The Mountain

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

This somber and lyrical achievement is the warmest and most inviting work from a director who traffics in an acquired taste.

Aug 30, 2018 | Full Review…
indieWire
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An intriguingly dark and visionary head-scratcher.

Aug 30, 2018 | Full Review…

This is a meticulously made movie, which is impressive: given how much Alverson clearly despises the medium, and human life itself, I'm surprised he has this kind of motivation.

Aug 30, 2018 | Full Review…

Alverson's serene affectations serve a stern, stark thesis about our evolving understanding of mental health, as well as America's dubious romanticization of its heartland.

Aug 30, 2018 | Full Review…
Variety
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Possibly his bleakest feature to date, The Mountain is a surreally stunning portrait of a lobotomized country.

Sep 19, 2018 | Full Review…

As visually overcast as it is emotionally dead-eyed, The Mountain is probably the most intentionally-and unwarrantedly-bleak film you're likely to see in 2018.

Sep 2, 2018 | Rating: C | Full Review…

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