“I’m about to go out on the road,” the doctor says. “You know what I could use? Somebody to give me a hand, taking photos.” Now, this isn’t your average physician: He performs lobotomies and shock therapy on people “in distress.”
Here is the first trailer for The Mountain, starring Jeff Goldblum as a character based on the controversial Dr. Walter Freeman, who gained notoriety for carrying out thousands of lobotomies, including one on John Kennedy’s sister Rosemary. His young traveling companion is Andy (Tye Sheridan), who has lost his mother and was raised by an emotionally stunted father. Rick Alverson directed the film and co-scripted with Colm O’Leary.
The logline: Set against the 1950s “golden age” of American male supremacy, an introverted young photographer (Sheridan) joins a renowned lobotomist (Goldblum) on a tour to promote the doctor’s recently debunked procedure. As he increasingly identifies with the asylum’s patients, he becomes enamored with a rebellious young woman (Hannah Gross) and lost in the burgeoning New Age movement of the West. Denis Lavant and Udo Kier also star.
Vice Studios shepherded the pic, which premiered at the 2018 Venice Film Festival, went on to screen at Sundance and is getting a July 26 theatrical release via Kino Lorber. Check out the trailer above, and tell us what you think — assuming you still can.
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