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Alps (2011)

Alpeis (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 27 October 2011 (Greece)
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A group of people start a business where they impersonate the recently deceased in order to help their clients through the grieving process.

Director:

Yorgos Lanthimos

Writers:

Efthymis Filippou (screenplay), Yorgos Lanthimos (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Angeliki Papoulia ... Nurse
Aris Servetalis ... Stretcher-bearer
Johnny Vekris ... Coach
Ariane Labed ... Gymnast
Sofia Aivathiadou Sofia Aivathiadou
Efstathia Angeli Efstathia Angeli
Ilias Antzoulatos Ilias Antzoulatos
Giorgos Athanasopoulos Giorgos Athanasopoulos
Tasos Bahouros Tasos Bahouros
Dimitris Bosinakos Dimitris Bosinakos
Niki Diagoupi Niki Diagoupi
Giorgos Diamantis Giorgos Diamantis
Efthymis Filippou Efthymis Filippou ... Lamp Shop Owner
Labros Filippou
Dimitris Fryliggos Dimitris Fryliggos
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Storyline

A night nurse in a hospital provides special services to families who have recently lost their loved ones. She is a member of a group called the Alps, whose members offer, for a fee, to play recently deceased during visits of their grieving relatives.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

When the end is here the Alps are near.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Greece | USA | France | Canada

Language:

Greek | English

Release Date:

27 October 2011 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,628, 15 July 2012

Gross USA:

$16,057

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$202,085
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Efthymis Filippou, screenwriter, had to step in as the "owner of the lighting shop" two days before shooting of the film started. See more »

Quotes

Gymnast: You're the best coach in the world. You are the king of coaches.
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Featured in At the Movies: Venice Film Festival 2011 (2011) See more »

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O Fortuna (Carmina Burana)
Written by Carl Orff
With kind permission of Schott Music, Mainz
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What a disappointment.
24 June 2012 | by Copyright1994See all my reviews

With the singularly compelling premise of a mysterious group offering to take over the roles of recently deceased people to provide relief for their loved ones, it came as quite the shock to me that Greek writer-director Yorgos Lanthimos's follow-up to his 2009 Oscar-nominated "Dogtooth" (one of my all-time favorites) ultimately failed at living up to its concept.

Throughout the entirety of "Alps", I felt I was gazing in awe at a beautiful seed sadly incapable of germination. The film barely got anywhere while maintaining an incredibly slow pace and irritating visual style consisting of incessantly restrained deep-focus cinematography. There was so much potential wasted on scenes far too peculiar and insignificant to add any depth to the story or further develop the characters. Seldom did anything rightfully earn its place in the film; the multiple sex scenes seemed to be there with the sole purpose of being extremely awkward and obscene, while all the attempts at absurd humor felt slightly forced and weren't as effective as they should have been due to the narrative's intermittent solemnity.

This brings me to the film's greatest problem, which was that— on top of struggling to find its own voice and tone in its ridiculously irrational approach— it never really figured out what message it wanted to convey to its audience. Evidently Lanthimos was trying to say something about human nature and the craziness of consumer society, but he didn't succeed in delivering his thoughts coherently this time around. I hate comparing, but I must say I found the profound social critique that seeped through the bizarre surface of "Dogtooth" to be far superior in elaboration.

The end result of "Alps" was a confused, detached (albeit well-acted, especially by Aggeliki Papoulia) jumble beyond anyone's realm of comprehension, so overwhelmingly filled with unjustified senselessness that the most I could do was simply sit and stare at the screen, patiently awaiting some real substance, only to be disappointed by sheer staleness.

I suppose I somewhat admired "Alps" for all that it could've been following its eccentric uniqueness, but I can't see how anyone in their right mind could have truly enjoyed it.


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