"Super Frenchie" (2020 release; 77 min.) is a documentary about the life and times of Matthias Giraud (a/k/a "Super Frenchie"). As the movie opens, he is on top of some mountain, about ready to ski down and then parachute off into thin air. As he does, an avalanche starts coming down the mountain. Jaw-dropping footage. We then go back in time, as Matthias and his parents reflect back on his youth and how he developed his appetite for skiing at a young age. At this point we are less than 10 min. Into the movie...
Couple of comments: this is the feature-length documentary debut of director-producer-editor Chase Ogden. He seemingly has collected footage from over a decade as he follows around Matthias Giraud in his quest to base-jump and/or ski-base from whatever mountain or bridge that he comes across, while also starting a young family and pondering the issue whether it is worth the risks he takes. The first half of the film is an amazing collection of death-defying jumps, one after another. After a while you kinda lose your sense of amazement, but then about halfway into it, there is a dramatic change (no, I'm not going to spoil, sorry). When all is said and done, I felt quite invested in watching this, and how this guy pursues his passion while calculating carefully the risks that he is taking time after time. But of course in the end it is all about watching the eye-popping footage of his feats.
"Super Frenchie" opened out of the blue at my local art-house theater here in Cincinnati this weekend. The Saturday early evening screening where I saw this at turned out to be a private screening: I was literally the only person in the theater. IF you have any interest in watching dare-devil death-defying extreme sports, I'd readily suggest you check this out, be it in the theater, on Amazon Instant Video or another streaming service, and soon also on DVD/Blu-ray, and draw your own conclusion.
Action / Documentary
Action / Documentary
SUPER FRENCHIE is a feature length documentary providing an intimate look into the life of professional skier and BASE jumper Matthias Giraud as he weighs the risks of his high-flying passion against the grounding effects of a young family. —Andy McDonough
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July 23, 2021 at 10:26 PM