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Alps -- A group of people start a business where they impersonate the recently deceased in order to help their clients through the grieving process.

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Director:
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Yorgos Lanthimos (screenplay)
Efthymis Filippou (screenplay)
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Release Date:
27 October 2011 (Greece) See more »
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When the end is here the Alps are near.
Plot:
A group of people start a business where they impersonate the recently deceased in order to help their clients through the grieving process. | Add synopsis »
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4 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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DVD Review: 'Alps'
 (From CineVue. 19 March 2013, 1:00 AM, PDT)

Competition: Win Giorgos Lanthimos' 'Alps' on DVD
 (From CineVue. 8 March 2013, 8:16 AM, PST)

Film Review: 'Alps'
 (From CineVue. 8 November 2012, 2:24 AM, PST)

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What a disappointment. See more (8 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Stavros Psyllakis ... Nurse's father

Aris Servetalis ... Ambulance man

Johnny Vekris ... Coach

Ariane Labed ... Gymnast

Angeliki Papoulia ... Nurse (as Aggeliki Papoulia)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Erifili Stefanidou ... Owner of the lamp shop

Directed by
Yorgos Lanthimos 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Efthymis Filippou  screenplay
Yorgos Lanthimos  screenplay

Produced by
Victoria Bousis .... co-producer
Maria Hatzakou .... co-producer
Matthew Johnson .... co-producer
Thoma Kikis .... co-producer
Yorgos Lanthimos .... producer
Thanos Papastergiou .... co-producer
Angeliki Papoulia .... co-producer (as Aggeliki Papoulia)
Lee Polydor .... co-producer
Athina Rachel Tsangari .... producer
Johnny Vekris .... co-producer
Konstantina Vonorta .... post production producer
Christos Voudouris .... co-producer
Andreas Zoupanos Kritikos .... co-producer
 
Cinematography by
Christos Voudouris 
 
Film Editing by
Yorgos Mavropsaridis 
 
Casting by
Christina Akzoti 
Alex Kelly 
 
Production Design by
Anna Georgiadou 
 
Costume Design by
Thanos Papastergiou 
Vasileia Rozana 
 
Production Management
Konstantina Stavrianou .... post production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Anna Nikolaou .... second assistant director
 
Sound Department
Leandros Ntounis .... associate sound re-recording mixer
Leandros Ntounis .... production sound mixer
Leandros Ntounis .... sound designer
Kostas Varybopiotis .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Visual Effects by
Ippokratis Chalas .... vfx
Vagelis Metaxas .... vfx
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Christos Voudouris .... camera operator
 
Editorial Department
Tony Ford .... colorist
Nikos Panteris .... colorist
Yannis Zaharoyannis .... technical coordinator
Akis Zorbas .... technical support
 
Other crew
Evdokia Kalamitsi .... assistant production manager
Anna Nikolaou .... script supervisor
Phill Zagajewski .... creative director
Phill Zagajewski .... researcher
Phill Zagajewski .... stage manager
 
Thanks
Phill Zagajewski .... special thanks
 

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Also Known As:
"Alpeis" - Greece (original title)
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Greece:93 min
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34 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
What a disappointment., 24 June 2012
Author: Nicholas Lyons (Copyright1994) from Ontario, Canada

With the singularly compelling premise of a mysterious group offering to take over the roles of recently deceased people to provide relief for their loved ones, it came as quite the shock to me that Greek writer-director Yorgos Lanthimos's follow-up to his 2009 Oscar-nominated "Dogtooth" (one of my all-time favorites) ultimately failed at living up to its concept.

Throughout the entirety of "Alps", I felt I was gazing in awe at a beautiful seed sadly incapable of germination. The film barely got anywhere while maintaining an incredibly slow pace and irritating visual style consisting of incessantly restrained deep-focus cinematography. There was so much potential wasted on scenes far too peculiar and insignificant to add any depth to the story or further develop the characters. Seldom did anything rightfully earn its place in the film; the multiple sex scenes seemed to be there with the sole purpose of being extremely awkward and obscene, while all the attempts at absurd humor felt slightly forced and weren't as effective as they should have been due to the narrative's intermittent solemnity.

This brings me to the film's greatest problem, which was that— on top of struggling to find its own voice and tone in its ridiculously irrational approach— it never really figured out what message it wanted to convey to its audience. Evidently Lanthimos was trying to say something about human nature and the craziness of consumer society, but he didn't succeed in delivering his thoughts coherently this time around. I hate comparing, but I must say I found the profound social critique that seeped through the bizarre surface of "Dogtooth" to be far superior in elaboration.

The end result of "Alps" was a confused, detached (albeit well-acted, especially by Aggeliki Papoulia) jumble beyond anyone's realm of comprehension, so overwhelmingly filled with unjustified senselessness that the most I could do was simply sit and stare at the screen, patiently awaiting some real substance, only to be disappointed by sheer staleness.

I suppose I somewhat admired "Alps" for all that it could've been following its eccentric uniqueness, but I can't see how anyone in their right mind could have truly enjoyed it.

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