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Alpeis (2011)

Not Rated | | Drama | 27 October 2011 (Greece)
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A group of people start a business where they impersonate the recently deceased in order to help their clients through the grieving process.

Director:

Yorgos Lanthimos

Writers:

Efthymis Filippou (screenplay), Yorgos Lanthimos (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Angeliki Papoulia ... Nurse
Aris Servetalis ... Stretcher-bearer
Johnny Vekris ... Coach
Ariane Labed ... Gymnast
Sofia Aivathiadou Sofia Aivathiadou
Efstathia Angeli Efstathia Angeli
Ilias Antzoulatos Ilias Antzoulatos
Giorgos Athanasopoulos Giorgos Athanasopoulos
Tasos Bahouros Tasos Bahouros
Dimitris Bosinakos Dimitris Bosinakos
Niki Diagoupi Niki Diagoupi
Giorgos Diamantis Giorgos Diamantis
Efthymis Filippou Efthymis Filippou ... Lamp Shop Owner
Labros Filippou Labros Filippou
Dimitris Fryliggos Dimitris Fryliggos
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Storyline

A night nurse in a hospital provides special services to families who have recently lost their loved ones. She is a member of a group called the Alps, whose members offer, for a fee, to play recently deceased during visits of their grieving relatives.

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When the end is here the Alps are near.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Efthymis Filippou, screenwriter, had to step in as the "owner of the lighting shop" two days before shooting of the film started. See more »

Quotes

Gymnast: You're the best coach in the world. You are the king of coaches.
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Connections

Featured in At the Movies: Venice Film Festival 2011 (2011) See more »

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O Fortuna (Carmina Burana)
Written by Carl Orff
With kind permission of Schott Music, Mainz
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A Predecessor to Black Mirror's Be Right Back
10 June 2020 | by ngningSee all my reviews

You know that it is unmistakably a Yorgos Lanthimos film when at one point, it sounds as if a male and a female Siri were arguing and having sex.

Alps explores similar themes as the Black Mirror episode Be Right Back, but because the characters possess a higher degree of agency (the substitutes here are other human beings rather than programmed AI encased in a human-like body), it covers territory left unexplored by that BM episode. Infused with Lanthimos' classic dark, absurdist humour, Alps dives into the predatory and manipulative nature of such an enterprise, both within the group of service providers as well as between them and their clients. Seen particularly in the character arc of Monte Rosa are the repercussions of this enterprise on the identities of service providers too. As they ease the bereaved into the grieving process by substituting the deceased, these service providers, each tethered to their own personal baggage, are not entirely immune to the mental and emotional repercussions of this job.

Probing at the supposed boundaries that exist between clients and their service providers, Alps urges us to inquire more deeply into the nature of grief and the grieving process: When do we stop grieving? Do we ever stop grieving? Does such a service aid the healing process? At what point does it devolve into an emotional crutch or an instrument of abuse?


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Language:

Greek | English

Release Date:

27 October 2011 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Acharnes, East Attica, Greece

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,628, 15 July 2012

Gross USA:

$16,057

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$202,085
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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