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The Climb

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A startling confession on a bike ride across the South of France becomes the hub for an episodic journey through the lives of two men, in this clever and brutally honest comedy about a destructive, co-dependent, and inescapable friendship.

“A relentlessly funny, affecting comedy.” –  Caroline Tsai, The Playlist

Lifelong friends Mike and Kyle are out for a bike ride through the mountains in the South of France when Mike confesses that he slept with Kyle’s fiancé. In the hands of director Michael Angelo Covino (who also co-wrote and co-stars in the film), this confessional episode expands into an epic multi-year journey that navigates the ins and outs of a co-dependent friendship. Traversing through family holidays, birthdays, ski trips, and, of course, bike rides, The Climb takes what could be a knucklehead display of toxic masculinity and — through an intelligent, surprising, and self-aware use of slapstick and whip-smart dialogue — steers it through the lives of two people who can’t seem to tear themselves apart from each other — and the destructive behavior they resort to in the process.  Covino and his co-star Kyle Marvin foster a palpable, relatable honesty through their intense chemistry, and with each comedic escalation, The Climb not only makes us laugh at the absurdity of its scenarios, but also ponder complex questions about the nature of male friendships. Winner of the Un Certain Regard Jury Coup de Coeur at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. (Dir. by Michael Angelo Covino, 2019, USA, 94 mins., Rated R)

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