(2011)

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88
Both a companion piece to and in many ways a reversal of "Dogtooth," it builds on that film's surreally terse style and notions of communication and identity without diluting its singularity or concentration.
88
The movie focuses tightly and obviously on role playing, but the most unsettling observations concern how fragile it all is - our health, our minds, our denial of death.
80
Puzzling and provocative, Alps has a lingering power and an effect that is thrillingly difficult to define.
80
The climax errs on the side of the overwrought and overdetermined, like an earnest adolescent's first attempt at a short story. And yet Papoulia's extraordinary performance lingers, as does the film's provocative existential fog.
80
Follow the film-maker. Let him lead you by the nose. Lanthimos knows exactly where he's going.
75
Alps, in spite of its title, is a very flat film, from the shallow focus photography, to the actors' monotone delivery.
75
With "Dogtooth," the point was: Don't try this at home. Now, the expanded lesson is: Don't try this anywhere.
70
The film takes some deciphering, but once a viewer cracks its code Alps opens up into something expansive and rich. Part of what makes Lanthimos so uniquely masterful is that he remains in control while refusing to point toward any singular interpretation.
63
A film peculiar beyond all understanding, based on a premise that begs belief. It takes itself with agonizing seriousness, and although it has the form of a parable, I am at a loss to guess its meaning. Yet I was drawn hypnotically into the weirdness.
60
The premise is fetching and feels like a mystery, particularly as the film orchestrates its story to make the work of the Alps group seem like a kind of heist.
50
A strange story. A strange world. And strange characters doing even stranger things.

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