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1,567 Ratings

Alps

Alpeis

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos
Greece, United States, 2011
Drama

Synopsis

A group of people start a business where they impersonate the recently deceased in order to help their clients through the grieving process.

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Alps Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos
Alps is an extraordinary work, disturbing and deeply moving in part precisely because of its defining phoniness. It’s as much an investigation into the various flubs, compromises, and half-truths that define the rhythm of human interaction as a towering testament to drama’s rudimentary yens to entertain, affect, and most fundamentally, beguile.
December 06, 2012
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[Examining a sex scene:] Reverse angle reveals similar formal elements from the sex scene in Dogtooth. The woman’s body is cropped, emphasizing her presence as a body. But her body language, the briskness with which she disrobes, suggests a willingness to follow his instructions. The man’s orders are based on his past experience with his ex-lover.
September 26, 2012
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Director Lanthimos (“Dogtooth”) keeps the pace deliberate and the camera stable as he pushes people to one side of the frame, frequently while someone watches hungrily, out of focus and out of time. That all this would come with costs quite apart from whatever fee the group charges is also predictable. The movie focuses tightly and obviously on role playing, but the most unsettling observations concern how fragile it all is — our health, our minds, our denial of death.
July 12, 2012
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