Crackoholic , by Jonas Paulsson and Mikael Widerberg, is quite different to most other climbing movies I've watched, and I've watched a lot. The style is somewhat similar to that of the classic Hard grit, in that it provides a historical perspective to the climbing in area. In this case Bohuslän on the Swedish west coast. We also get to meet and listen to some of the climbers who, through the decades, have been important to the development, of difficulty as well as ethics, and hear their thoughts on climbing and risk. As would be expected, these thoughts range from profound to cliché. Of course, there's also a lot of climbing, from moderates to FA's of cutting edge "death" routes.
So, some reflections:
- Being a Swedish climber myself, I really enjoyed the history part, as I didn't know much about it to be honest. Whether it's as interesting to foreign climbers is difficult to know, but why not?
- The footage is impeccable and you get a great sense of the stunning beauty of the area.
- I'd have preferred a tad less talking and more climbing, but I guess that's a matter of personal taste.
All and all, if you're at all interested in traditional climbing, you should get this movie asap.