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The gifted Greek director of Dogtooth, a claustrophobic fable about a Josef Fritzl type domestic tyrant, is in characteristic form with this follow-up, a nutty allegory about an Athenian quartet – a female nurse, a paramedic, an athletic coach and his gymnastic dancing pupil who meet in a pristine gymnasium and hire themselves out to stand in for the recently deceased in erotic and consoling charades. The group take their noms-de-guerre from European mountains, their leader (who looks like one of the repellent master-of-ceremonies in Pasolini's Salò) styles himself Mont Blanc, they have a series of rules clearly influenced by Fight Club, but no obvious social context or rationale. What does it mean? Possibly an illustration of the Bill Haley number: "See you later impersonator. After a while necrophile."

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