A tragic and deeply unsettling movie, as the Alps members live so many lives they forget to live their own. Terrific and utterly original story. The direction is subtly marvellous, proving Lanthimos is a director to watch out for and not a one-off hit maker, after the spectacular Dogtooth.
If you know going in just how different this film is than Dogtooth you'll won't me disappointed. I really loved this film. It gives you such little explanation to the world it belongs in or the motivation behind the characters which I actually really liked. It had such a strange tone that by the time it ended I had no idea what the fuck had just happened to me. Really wonderful. Can't wait to see more from Lanthimos.
I'm starting to believe that modern Greece is just whatever Giorgos Lanthimos shows me in his movies and that makes me want to visit it. But just for a little while. I'll engage in some stilted conversations and hopefully leave before getting beaten to death for watching Jaws.
It's hard to avoid comparisons between Alps and its antecedent, Dogtooth. This time, the dysfunctional family is formed by a group of individuals that offer a service to impersonate the deceased in order to help mourners through the grieving process. In Dogtooth there was a loss of connection to reality; in Alps it's never known exactly what is real. Both films are hard to digest, but they'll be forever stuck on you.
a fascinating idea but the film was for me a near complete miss. while Dogtooth was an incredible experience, i thought Alps was a very hard film to enjoy and to digest, and not in a good way. The pace was excruciating, even though it's quite a short movie. Lanthimos is a great talent to watch out for, though.
I play someone's life, Do I play even "my" life? I think Lanthimos is repetitive auteur. In "Kinetta", he suggest that life is acting(like Erving Goffman). "Kinetta" is not good ending, "Dogtooth" is open ending, "Alpeis" has both sides. So I'm desperately look forward to "The Lobster". Beyond despair?