Glue: Film Review

Glue snowboarding film review

15 Oct Glue: Film Review

Some say it’s not a story alone, but the way a story gets told that matters. The snowboarding short-film Glue is an example of this. It’s a classic case study of how to describe that fine line between brilliant and bizarre.

Within the first minute of the film the music alone, appears to be trying to hypnotize the viewer. Using one-second retro flashbacks of random imagery to set the tone. From flowing underwater fish to teddy bears and later tennis balls. Then looping back to the central snowboarding theme.


The funk slash punk classic, “It’s a Vanity” by Gabo Brown & Orchestre Poly-Rythmo picks up the pace. Taking you downhill through snow forests during what looks like the depth of winter. What also lifts the mood of the film is the intense, tightly cropped action shots. Slow motion close-ups draw the viewer in, making one feel closer to the moment and the sport. While snow particles illuminate the screen as the rider carves down mountain slopes. Wearing my journalism hat I am trying to sharply critic Glue but almost can’t.

Musical appearances by the Ahmed Jamal Trio and Bjarne Friedrich compliment the various scenes. When songs flip, in comes a fresh contemporary style of editing soaked in visual appeal. How’s that superpipe changeover at 8:00 minutes? Raised blinds suddenly switch to a black, white and grey sketch that automatically places one in the middle of the film. Encouraging a pensive state of mind.


Directed by Kris Lüdi and Christian Haller, with editing by Stephan Maurer. The film was mainly captured in Switzerland’s scenic Graubünden and Valais regions. The rest of Glue was filmed on location in snow meccas such as Colorado in the United States and British Columbia in Canada.

To show off even further the film then flies the viewer to one of my favourite destinations, Japan. Spending time to showcase ordinary life there. Followed by a remarkable night-riding session down a ski park slope, blasting powder emissions all across the screen.

Stunts range from ok to above average. Bolder tricks can be seen near to the end. The style of the film though is what sets it apart, releasing that crucial feel-good factor. Pro riders such as Ben Ferguson and Scotty James star in this journey from snowboard to soul board movie.

The soap opera ending makes one feel nostalgic. Making one reflect on past alpine trips then craving future snow outings. Even though Glue was released back in November 2016, it still does the job and leaves the viewer wanting more. Film rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Watch then you decide


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Benedict Pather

Benedict is a journalist and content manager at Kooloco. Originating from Cape Town, he has over a decade of experience in multimedia production. Having lived and worked on three different continents, he has experience in print, digital, and television. He is pursuing a master’s degree focused on the media sports complex. Biking, board sports, culture and collecting vinyl are some of his passions.