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After the Sky Falls Review: Joining Nimbus Independent on the family vacation

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In a sport dominated by reckless young maniacs, Nimbus brings us a more mature vision of freeskiing.


As always with Nimbus Independent, their latest movie presents the adventures of three freeskiing legends: Pep Fujas, Chris Benchetler and Eric Pollard (with the notable absence of Andy Mahre). This crew seems to have a dream life, presenting simple movies and webisodes, and showcasing their unique approach to skiing.

 

After the Sky Falls is in the same vein, and even though one might get the feeling that these skiers aren’t pushing the limits as much as they once did, we can appreciate their philosophy as a polar opposite of crews that push themselves beyond the edge, like Stept Productions. Nimbus is light, fun, and all about the pleasure of skiing.

Here, skiing isn’t about the gnarliest of the gnar. It’s about smiles, funny bails, traveling, lifestyle, and powder, powder, powder. Rhythmic, flowing editing keeps the viewer interested, even if there aren’t all that many crazy tricks. Interesting lifestyle interludes provide details and snippets of life from places like Venice and Japan, and the mix works, simple as it is.

There’s no point during the movie that we get the feeling that this crew isn’t having fun, or forcing themselves to do something. It’s a lifestyle we can be jealous of.

As a bonus, we see Eric enjoying family life in the film, and Pep even had his three-month-old daughter along for the ride at the High Five Festival. Seeing maturing freeskiers with families is a welcome change from the usual pubescent newschool stunt skiers.

The skiers of Nimbus present themselves as mature individuals who have nothing to prove, but are enjoying what they’ve got, making the most of it, and sharing it with the rest of us. It might not please everyone, but it will interest many—just like any movie.

Buy the movie here : https://vimeo.com/ondemand/aftertheskyfalls

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