Streaming Video - 2011 | Greek, Modern (1453-)
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Yorgos Lanthimos's follow-up to his Academy Award nominee (and cult sensation) DOGTOOTH is another darkly comic, absurdist vision of (in)human relationships, focusing on a mysterious underground organization that helps mourners get over their losses by impersonating the deceased.
Publisher: [United States] : Kino Lorber : Made available through hoopla, 2011.
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 93 min.)) : sd., col.
Alternative Title: Alps


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Dec 31, 2014

With this intense and often very cruel film director Yorgos Lanthimos has taken our inherent needs for identity and a sense of belonging and thrown them back in our faces. Four diverse people come together to form “Alps” a most macabre service which provides stand-ins for the recently deceased so that grieving families can spend a little more quality time with their dearly departed loved ones. Under the icily detached mentorship of leader Mont Blanc (each participant is named after a mountain for reasons best explained in the film) group members take on various roles including a blind woman’s long dead husband and a young tennis pro killed in a car crash. But what happens when the ersatz personas begin to crowd out the members’ own sense of self? Where do we draw the line between me and not-me, and what is left when identity and belonging are set adrift? Lanthimos’ cast is superb, their wooden expressions and dispassionate monotones highlight the film’s sense of falseness while a few subtle touches provide wry commentary; it’s no coincidence that one character’s coffee mug sports “LOS ANGELES” in big red letters. An unpolished, angry film that’s sure to ignite debates among thinking moviegoers everywhere.

Glencoe_Mike Jul 03, 2013

Original and enjoyable. Between this and Dogtooth, the director is one of the more interesting ones working today.


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