I have not been this moved by a film (and all I’ve seen so far is the YouTube trailer!) since the final thirty minutes of The Shawshank Redemption.
Man on Wire tells the incredible, true story of Philippe Petit’s 7th August 1974 high wire artistry on a 3/4 inch steel cable suspended between the two World Trade Center Towers in New York.
Take a look at the trailer and see if your palms aren’t sweating and your heart not singing by the closing words; one of the most beautifully simple reasons for living I’ve read for a long while:
See every day as a true challenge and then you live your life on the tightrope.
There’s a delicious irony in those words when set alongside what Philippe is reported to have said when repeatedly asked why he performed that crazy stunt:
There is no why. 😉
While he and his team did break many laws in the process and the police were pi##ed off, to say the least; from what I’ve read so far, no one was harmed in his miraculous display of performance art.
I really hope Man on Wire makes it to Japan; at least the book’s on Amazon.
Have a soaring weekend!