Philippe Petit is a young tightrope walker in the 1960s who chances upon an article about these towers being built in New York City, and he fancies that these twin towers to the heavens are being built solely for him to dance between on a wire. And so begins an adventure unlike anything before or since.
Told through recent interviews with Philippe’s team and a great amount of film footage as they planned, discussed and scouted, the film draws circles around the actual tightrope dance until that magic moment. And this moment is surprising in its emotional depth when it finally arrives. You almost feel as Phillippe, anticipating and dreaming about it for so long, and then everything else drops away, you are hypnotized, entranced.
It’s a moment unlike anything. Accomplishing the impossible. Walking on air, a quarter of a mile in the sky. And the heft of the moment is not lost on anyone involved, either, as Jean-Louis, Petit’s grounding and right hand man, is clearly overcome with emotion just recounting.
Add it to your Netflix queue or pick it up. Man On Wire will transfix you with beauty of vision and of character.