This is the story of a man who attempts a solo climb of a massive granite wall. But Psycho Vertical doesn’t get snared into the usual tropes of a climbing film: man versus nature, the triumph of will, risks and rewards. Instead, the film, which is based on the autobiography of Britain’s unlikeliest hero-mountaineer, Andy Kirkpatrick, is a raw, emotive and thoughtful study of a complex life. It’s a life where patterns repeat themselves, self-interest is weighed against morality and humor balances out the darkness that’s in many of us.
- Jen Randall