A look at the friendship between two guys that spans over many years.
Director: Michael Angelo Covino
Writers: Michael Angelo Covino, Kyle Marvin
Stars: Michael Angelo Covino, Kyle Marvin, Gayle Rankin
THE CLIMB, in which male friendship in its many forms – from sweet, brotherly camaraderie to toxic acts of sabotage – is dissected and ruthlessly made fun of.
Written by Covino and Kyle Marvin and starring themselves as Mike and Kyle, the film follows two lifelong buddies as their relationship changes following Mike’s admission that he has slept with Kyle’s fiancée shortly before the wedding. The admission, which basically makes up the film’s first chapter, is done in one long shot as both men bike down, then up a mountain trail. It’s a hilarious scene where the writing and framing come together beautifully to hit the comedy sweet spot despite significant logistical challenges.
In subsequent chapters, we see the guys drift apart and back together again. Family and partners will be involved, revealing with each new development the unique, damaging, irreplaceable bond shared by two men who probably know each other too well for their own good.
– Zhuo-Ning Su, AwardsDaily