ALPS (2011) [feature]

Greece (MIFF 2012 , International Panorama)
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos

“A truly original work and a masterpiece of contemporary existentialism.” - Cinema Scope

A mysterious underground club known as Alps offers a most unusual service: to stand in for your dearly departed, taking on their mannerisms and wearing their clothes, until you have overcome your loss. Members of the club will live in the deceased person's home and recite their typical speech by rote. The leader of the club, who goes by the name Mont Blanc, demands that the members operate according to a highly disciplined code of conduct. All do except for one, Monte Rosa, leading to dire consequences when she becomes emotionally involved with one of her clients.

Talented director Yorgos Lanthimos has again crafted a unique cinematic product, not as immediate as his previous film, the Oscar-nominated Dogtooth (MIFF 09), but arguably more fascinating. The film's offbeat, absurd tone powerfully engages the viewer into its hermetic web of inhuman relationships.

D Yorgos Lanthimos P Anthina Rachel S Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthimis Filippou WS The Match Factory L Greek w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2011

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