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Alps [DVD]


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  • Actors: Stavros Psyllakis, Aris Servetalis, Johnny Vekris, Ariane Labed, Aggeliki Papoulia
  • Directors: Giorgos Lanthimos
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Greek, English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Mar 2013
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00A2RVJPQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,306 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The new film from the acclaimed director of the cult smash DOGTOOTH. Winner of three international film awards, including a FIPRESCI prize and the GOLDEN OSELLA awards for BEST SCREENPLAY at the Venice Film Festival 2011.

The Alps are a mysterious troupe of actors who impersonate the recently deceased, helping relatives negotiate the grieving process. dark, witty and deeply surreal, this bizarre yet subtly poignant reverie on the nature of death has wowed festival audiences across the world and secured a name for it's director in the hearts of many.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr D on 23 Nov 2013
Format: DVD
Having watched Dogtooth and Attenburg I was expecting similar from this film. I was right. And wrong. The same singularity exists but the skewed narrative also informs it's telling, and you can't 'get' both in a single viewing. Like a good wine, or a Wes Anderson film, hopefully, it'll get better with age...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By technoguy VINE VOICE on 6 July 2013
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Three years ago, Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos burned up the festival circuit with Dogtooth, a brilliant isolationist allegory about adult-age children who are kept on the family compound by parents who control (and wildly distort) information from the outside world.Alps is Lanthimos's disappointing follow up. Where the earlier film concerned young characters finally trying to break out of their proscribed roles, the new one is about a woman who desperately hangs on to false identities, because her real life gives her no satisfaction.In Dogtooth the eldest daughter finds a way of escaping.Here the same actress attempts to break into a home. Aggeliki Papoulia, who played the eldest sibling in Dogtooth, stars as a hospital nurse who moonlights as the member of the eponymous organization, which provides an unusual service: the recently bereaved can hire Papoulia or one of her three colleagues for a few hours a day to stand in as their deceased loved one, as a way of easing the transition.

None of the group are known by any names.The group consist of 4 people,the nurse,a gymnast,a coach and a paramedic who call themselves `Alps' because it doesn't describe what they do,and like the Alps it can replace other mountains,but cannot itself be replaced.They are semioticians who stand for something else.Dogtooth was about semiotic corruption,rather than overbearing parenting and the film worked on its own terms.Vagueness enters into the motivation or organisation of the group.How do they manage to function while holding other jobs down?The acting and execution of the scenes is excellent,but the characters have no personality,so its tough to remember who is playing who for which family and so on.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Xenophon on 23 Mar 2013
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Following on from the critically acclaimed Dogtooth, Giorgos Lanthimos gives us Alps, a surreal film about a group of adults that spend their days playing the role of recently deceased individuals in order to comfort the family of the deceased. Individuals from this bizarre group, called Alps, has several meetings with the family suffering the loss of a loved one, finds out about the clothes, likes and dislikes, personality of the dead person and then goes ahead with dressing up and acting like the said individual.

Much like Dogtooth, the script involves short, sharp exchanges between the characters which creates a surreal and artificial air to communication and the stylistic features of the plot have much in common with the Theatre of the Absurd.

Alps works as a social study and in its questioning of the boundaries between acting and living in society, between the real and unreal and between love and loss. Alps is worth watching simply for its originality in dealing with accepted social norms and its surreal premise.
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The Alps are a secret society of people who, a bit like an escort agency, adopt the roles of recently deceased people in order to lessen the impact of the bereavement on the families. I think I slightly prefer it to Dogtooth, but I've only watched each film once so far. What disappoints me about Lanthimos is that the lesson is a bit too obvious - he's teaching us that people (seniors, usually sadistic patriarchs - and juniors, usually submissive females) don't get to be themselves. Instead they play the roles society teaches them to play, and they in turn continue this charade of society. Some thrive in such an environment and some have schizophrenic breakdowns. Here the recently deceased people and their families are a further layer of stifling expectation, in addition to the Alps' patriarchs. Alps is slightly less "surreal" and has slightly more plot than Dogtooth, and I think that's the right way to go.

P.S. They are called Alps because "the Alps are the biggest mountains" and they can therefore stand in for any lesser mountain, which makes the Himalayas the elephant in the room (for the audience) - the teachers, having themselves been taught their roles, don't know any better. I should imagine Lanthimos knows his Plato inside out.
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