I love that feeling of sitting down to watch a film with no expectations. I especially love that feeling when the film turns out to be incredibly moving, funny and completely awe inspiring.
Man on Fire is the academy award winning documentary about Phillipe Petit, a french tight-rope walker, unicyclist, magician and pantomime artist who in 1974 stepped out on a wire illegally rigged between New York's Twin Towers without a net.
The whole idea of illegally tight rope walking a 43m gap at 1,368 ft is unbelieavable, yet watching the film you are totally enthralled by Petit's enthusaism, personality and ambition. He is an incredible performer and it is not just the walk that makes the film so compelling but also his storytelling and the supporting stories from his friends, especially Annie Allix and Jean-Louis Blondeau.
The fact that he is so genuine and has no reason to perform such an act other than the fact that we wants to drives the story along and when the task is completed and Annie Allix is crying at the memory of something so beautiful, you feel like you have been part of something incredibly special, not just because of the story, but because of the people.