a film by Shawn Boye
Text by Tommy Vänskä
A diver - very much resembling Peter Bosma - suffers an accident and is rescued out of the water. During the revival attempts one of the ambulance personnel gives the diagnosis: he is suffering, not from the bends*, but the sends.
The quest begins with bouldering: From a project at Stockholm's Brudberget through the east coast home turf of Stefan Rasmussen to Åland, we are given a hefty dose of ropeless action culminating in the first repeat of Normipäivä at Geta (or was it a dab?), courtesy of Bosma. We are then introduced to a fiery-eyed Stefan Wulf, who manages the first repeat of an old Johan Luhr sport route, and in good style too; Wulf DWS:s the thing, although SWS might be a more appropriate term, as there appears to be around a meter and a half of water beneath the route. Wulf doesn't look super solid here, and confesses that he never linked it on top rope before tossing the rope and going for the solo. Contrary to some persistent beliefs on this side of Åland it would appear that cojones and Sweden do mix after all!
As we move on back to dry land we get a first look at Granitgrottan, an unusually steep cave-like crag which hosts the long time project of Björn Strömberg, who is clearly getting frustrated with not sending the thing. Another man, Scott Mooney, seems to have sending wired, though, as is evidenced by a few second try ascents of rather hard trad routes in Bohuslän. Finally, Strömberg gets his shit together and completes his project, giving birth to Leroy, 8c. But only after he has fallen off at the anchors due to a carabiner gate facing the wrong way! I suggest clipping class for Björn, but good effort anyway.
The footage itself is generally good, but suffers from an occasional lack of "master shots", meaning shots that reveal the entire line, or just reveal the line for what it is. The DWS section in particular would have benefitted greatly from more shots showing exactly how high above the water the climber is, how far he has to go and so on. In fact, I can recall only one such shot, in which Stefan Wulf is hanging in a small roof at perhaps ten meters: a beautiful shot, which is inexplicably held for only a few frames. The lack of these kinds of shots is partially
In Swedish meatballs I had a huge problem with the choice of music and the way it worked (or didn't!) with the picture. Here, I think some progress has been made. However, there are probably many kinds of scenes to which acoustic man-and-guitar music in the minor key goes beautifully, but someone cranking a DWS F.A. by the skin if his teeth is definitely not one of them! Similar fatal dissonances (for me) between music and picture are found throughout the film, so I guess I just don't share Boye's view on this matter.
Overall, the Sends is a well crafted climbing film, the best so far from Tielma, and as such comes with my recommendation (for what it's worth!). It is available as a traditional dvd and also as a HD download at www.tielma.com.
Text by Tommy Vänskä
*) the bends = decompression sickness (a divers disease)