90 min

Post production

A Mountain to Climb

Directing: Jette Bitten Glibstrup


A Mother and Daugther are climbing up a mountain in Switzerland. A mountain that brings back a lot of memories. Lillian is 61 and Jette is 34. They hike from cabin to cabin while they dig into a past which Lillian has spent many years trying to suppress: Jette was sexually abused by her stepfather over a period of 10 years. A part of the abuse took place on several vacations in the same cabins that Jette and Lillian are now revisiting.
Jette has invited her mother to go on this trip because she needs to talk about what happened, and especially about Lillian's role in it all. Jette loves her mother, but at the same time she can’t stand being close to her. Over the past years Jette has begun to doubt whether her mother knew about the abuse or not. Naturally Jette feels a deep frustration. But she has a strong hope that if Lillian can admit she knew about the abuse, she can get an opportunity to forgive her mother and reestablish a healthy relationship.
The mountain-trip puts their relation to a hard test. When Jette finally gets the conversation started, she doesn’t get the answer that she expected: Lillian denies that she saw or knew anything. This is the starting point of a physical and emotional life-changing journey, which forces the two women to face their own inner demons and to embrace the pain and the guilt, but also to have faith. The discussions and conversations intensify as the two women move up the mountain. At one point it seems like this trip might be the last thing they will ever do together.
As they move along, Jette realizes that she has to recognize Lillian’s perception of what happened along with her firm belief that she did not knew about the abuse. Jette also realizes how big a gesture of love it is that Lillian is in fact right there – on the mountain – with her. Jette decides to give her mother an open forgiveness, in case Lillian is ever in doubt about whether she knew what happened. In the end they walk stronger, together, down the mountain.
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