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.
During the first half hour I was just trying to make some sense of what was going on... but afterwards I begun to understand the twisted concept behind the Alps team. Lanthimos goes even further in terms of weird and uncomfortable situations between characters than he did in "Dogtooth", delivering some edgy scenes while playing with the possibility of someone standing in for those who have died.
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?
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.
Una película en donde todo parece extraño, el modo cómo la trama se va resolviendo, la forma cómo se relacionan sus personajes, su humor, la sordidez que fluye a la vez. Lanthimos arrastra lo que ya manifestaba en "Canino", sobre personas manipuladas por un patriarcado. En respuesta, la frustración, el desorden mental. Está además el modo en que la historia libera una información con austeridad causando interrogantes
This was so promising, the story was interesting but it just seemed like Giorgos didn't know exactly how he wanted to tell it. Extremely underdeveloped characters, and for most of the film you don't really know what's going on with these people. Sometimes I like not knowing about certain characters in films, but this was terrible. What a mess.