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Directed by Giogos Lanthimos.
A group of people who call themselves Alps impersonate the recently deceased so they can provide comfort to the mourners.
After his breakout film Dogtooth, director Yorgos Lanthimos widens the weird scope from a single family to an entire town in this Greek tale of life imitating life.
A nurse, a paramedic, a rhythmic gymnast and her controlling coach meet regularly in a sparse gymnasium to divide up their work. Mont Blanc (Aris Servetalis), their self appointed leader, has nicknamed them Alps – a set of mountains that can't be replaced, but could happily substitute for any other cliff face. And that's exactly what they do; standing in for the recently deceased, they wear the clothing and re-enact familiar lines of dialogue to help mourning friends and family work through their grief.
- Flickering Myth
Pioneering Greek director Giorgos Lanthimos' festival favourite Alps (Alpeis, 2011), the controversial filmmaker's follow-up to the Oscar-nominated, cult smash Dogtooth (2009), is another weird and wonderful exploration of human psychology, and stars Stavros Psyllakis, Aris Servetalis and Johnny Vekris. To celebrate the eagerly anticipated DVD release of Alps on Monday 11 March, courtesy of UK distributor Artificial Eye, we have Three copies of the film to offer to our world cinema-loving followers. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
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- CineVue UK
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Running Time: 93 minutes
Following up 2009′s eccentric Oscar-nominated Dogtooth with Alps Greek writer-director Yorgos Lanthimos’ tells the story of a group offering a very unique service to the recently bereaved – impersonating the deceased friend or relative to help with the mourning process. The Alps group are so called because, according to the group’s leader ‘Mont Blanc’ a man with ego in place of personality, the Alps can’t be replaced by any other mountain, yet could easily replace or even better other mountain ranges.
“The end can be a new and often better beginning,” promise the Alps, but perhaps unsurprisingly that’s not quite the result. Pitched as a healing process for grieving families, it might in fact have more to do with the substitutes’ own search for a role, or to be loved. »
- Sara Bram
3 items from 2013
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