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“ALPS” is new greek drametical movie. It is directed and editing by Yorgos Lanthimos. It is produced by Athina Rachel Tsangari, Yorgos Lanthimos. Watch online ALPS movie in Full HD/DVD/ipod/divX All Qualities are Here Movie is written by Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou. Studio of movie is Haos Film. “Alps melds pathos, black humour and taut menace in a film that is at once challenging and highly rewarding,” said jury chair, the Sydney-based director and actor Rachel Ward. “A finely calibrated, absurdist study of power and identity, Alps is intelligent, uniquely emotive filmmaking from an important new voice in Greek cinema.” Movie Review (Synopsis): Aggeliki Papoulia (Dogtooth’s eldest daughter) returns, playing as a nurse who moonlights playing daughter, friend, lover, or any number of other roles for an organization called “Alps,” whose members serve as surrogates for the recently deceased. Nicknamed “Monte Rossa,” she begins subbing in as a daughter for a couple whose own child has recently died. Operating outside of the watchful eye of Alps’ manager, a paramedic calling himself “Mont Blanc” (Aris Servetalis), Papoulia’s already-tenuous grip on her own reality weakens as she becomes further immersed in her new role, and in the lives of her new proxy family. Yorgos Lanthimos’s follow-up to his Academy Award nominee (and cult sensation) Dogtooth is another darkly comic, absurdist vision of (in)human relationships, focusing on a mysterious underground organization that helps mourners get over their losses by impersonating the deceased. A secret group hire themselves out to grieving families, impersonating their recently deceased love ones, in order to help them move on. They call themselves the Alps, because the Alps could stand in for any other mountain range but anything you tried to replace the Alps with would be a poor substitute. Each member is given a code name of a mountain with the leader of the group known as Mont Blanc. Trouble arises when one of the group starts to go rogue. When I saw the trailer, I thought the film would be absurd and comic but it was a lot slower and darker than I expected. The dialogue is intentionally stilted making it harder and harder to distinguish between what was real and what was a relationship that the character had taken up to help the person mourn, for both the audience and the characters. This made it difficult to form a connection or relate to the characters, accentuated by their lack of real names, and that’s not a plus when there isn’t a fast paced plot to demand your attention. In the back of an ambulance, a paramedic tries to keep a critically injured car-crash victim talking. He asks her name, and if she has any siblings. At first it seems like he’s just trying to help her remain conscious, but then his questions grow more obscure and personal. It’s just one of many early clues in Alps that something in this world is seriously amiss. This new film from Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos shares many similarities his previous Oscar nominated feature Dogtooth, the least of which is an obscure title that offers no information about the road of social and moral dysfunction that viewers will soon be travelling. A film of carefully muted tone and technique, Alps unwinds with the same slow tension and detached absurdity of its predecessor. His feature film career started with the mainstream film My Best Friend where he shared directing credits with mentor Lakis Lazopoulos and was followed by the experimental film Kinetta which premiered at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival. His third feature film Dogtooth won the Prix Un Certain Regard at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards. His fourth feature film Alps (2011) won the Osella Award for Best Screenplay (Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou) at the 68th Venice International Film Festival. Lanthimos carefully draws Alps down his meticulously absurdist rabbit hole, tugging at the multifarious threads of imitation, formulation, and make-believe that comprise (and compromise) the continuous construction of human identity. Where Dogtooth feels like a darkly comic fairy tale, Alps feels a bit more in attuned to both the generalities and the particularities of the day-to-day life; at once funny, terrifying, feverish, and penetratingly sad. Paramedic ‘Mont Blanc’ (Aris Servetalis) leads a group he refers to as ALPS, who find grieving families through a local nurse (Aggeliki Papoulia) and offer their services as “stand ins” for their loved ones. Other members include a young gymnast (Ariane Labed) and her cruel coach (Johnny Vekris), who doesn’t tolerate any departure from the rules. The acceptance of the women’s downtrodden functions within the group is just part of the leap audiences will have to make, as are the families who willingly allow strangers to enter their houses as substitutes. When the nurse takes on a job outside the group, her own grip on reality begins to slip, and the punishment from within the group is brutal. f Dogtooth explored the eccentricities of those completely cut off from the rest of society, Alps focuses on a group who are far too closely involved in the lives of others. The members of ALPS give stilted performances in the field, in broken English or monotone Greek, a running gag that is indicative of the insincerity or at least ambiguous motives of the group, which is never explained or explored. More broadly, Alps is a commentary on the familiar notion of post-modern identity, one where we all play our parts, and alter our personalities to suit those around us. As the nurse begins to come undone, it is her need to be a part of something more than herself that becomes the focus. For this, she is reprimanded physically in one of the film’s more confronting scenes, and this reaction is one of the true pieces of emotion on display. The major cause of this removal from the story were the random outbursts of violence that were incredibly disturbing and caused an overwhelming feeling of claustrophobia – perhaps this was the director’s intention but it just gave me the urge to leave the cinema. Lanthimos’ other film, Dogtooth, was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards, and Alps was the 2012 Sydney Film Festival Official Competition winner, so the director clearly knows how to please critics. But as an average cinema goer, I could see he was talented, I just didn’t enjoy the experience. 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