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This review is from: Alps (DVD)
Without a doubt, director Yorgos Lanthimos has a creative and fertile mind that generates films which provide evidence of his great imagination. For those who remember, he was responsible for the Oscar-nominated "Dogtooth" in 2009. He returns now with another personal project: "Alps," an honest, intriguing and passionate drama - spiked with funny moments - that examines "the process of mourning," in an unconventional way.
The film's characters are introduced one by one, and, after that, we learn about their motivations. We first meet a ballerina, practicing in front of her demanding trainer. She begs him to allow her to dance a pop song, and he doesn't allow her claiming that she is not ready. We then move to a young female tennis player that had an accident and is taken to the emergency room. Once in the hospital, the ambulance man tells a nurse that he just brought in an injured tennis player. It turns out that the gymnast, her trainer, the ambulance driver, and the nurse have one thing in common: they run a business in which they substitute for dead people until their family is able to adjust to their absence. They named themselves Alps, and each one has a codename in reference to one of the Alps' mountains. The main character is Anna - codename: Monte Rosa --, the nurse (Aggeliki Papoulia, who was also showcased in "Dogtooth"), and it is precisely her, the one that with time is affected psychologically, making her make mistakes that will alter the group's functionality.
"Alps" is different and original, which allowed the movie to win the Best Screenplay Award at the Venice Festival. This is one film that will definitely leave you thinking once you finish watching it. Will this be the future, too, as the one presented in "Dogtooth"? (Greece, 2011, color, 94 min plus trailer's time).
Reviewed on December 24, 2012 by Eric Gonzales for Kino Lorber.