Hills and Mountains, and ‘The Social Construction of Reality’
Movies in certain categories I avoid on a prejudice beyond argument:
- Anything with Hugh Grant .
- Anything set in Wales.
- Comedies of village life.
- Edwardian period pieces – actually it’s set in 1917, close enough; and I’ve just realised that no period in the UK after 1911 is characterised by the name of a monarch.
This movie is all of these. And it is just wonderful and brilliant.
The story, on the face of it, is stunningly silly: A couple of English cartographers arrive in a South Wales boarder village, take some measurements and announce that the local ‘mountain’ is actually 16 feet short of the 1,000 feet which is the official definition of a mountain – it is merely a hill. The villagers respond by a series of ruses to detain the cartographers in the village, meanwhile they carry bucketfulls of earth up the hill in order to make it into a mountain. Continue reading “Hills and Mountains”