Jeff Lowe’s Metanoia
Throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s, American alpinist Jeff Lowe put up more than 1,000 first ascents around the globe, many of which have never been replicated. He popularized ice climbing in the U.S. And he also started the first international rock climbing competition in America. Then, in 2008, he learned he had a chronic degenerative neurological disease (later diagnosed as ALS) that would kill him within a few years. Metanoia is loaded with footage of his early successes, with hints of his impending fall. The second half of the movie uses his current condition battling Lou Gehrig’s Disease (he’s now wheelchair bound) as a backdrop for his numerous personal and professional failures. The final catharsis in the film is profound and emotional, and it will leave you contemplating your own mortality — and, more importantly, how you life your life.
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