A desolate picture of the society and its emotional condition. I am impressed how he is showing the inside of his figures through the postures and in cutting of their heads by the frame of the picture.
It seems to me that the souls of the characters are either dead or in death agony; and they want it so badly to twist that situation by wearing the soul of a dead person in order to be able to survive, which is in fact a very strong idea. What prevents 'Alps' being a five-star film is its lacking sense of continuity.
Bizarre, deadpan take on (over)involvement in the lives and deaths of other people. A miss but mostly hit foray into black absurdism, as if Richard Brautigan had decided to remake Hirokazu Koreeda's "After Life".
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.