Greek director Giorgos Lanthimos's second feature film "
Alps" is just as thought provoking and bizarre as
his Academy Award nominated debut "Dogtooth". He paints a very surreal picture that can be
hard to understand, but somehow is still very engaging.
Alps" is the
name of a clandestine group of four people who offer a service to impersonate
the recently deceased in order to help their clients through the grieving
process. This group is comprised of a
nurse, a rhythmic gymnast and her coach, and another man who is their
leader. They are called the " Alps" because it is ambiguous and doesn't say what
they do, as well as being irreplaceable.
They meet in a gymnasium and don't go by their real names but are referred
to by mountain peaks associated with the Alps. The leader is ,
the Nurse and the stories main character is called Mount Rose. Mount Blanc
The film is mainly focused on
Rose, played by Aggrelikki Papoulia who also starred in
"Dogtooth" as the Eldest daughter.
It is about the lost of identity and losing your connections to
reality. Mount Rose
is a nurse who lives with her elderly father, but also seems to be a playing
the part of his late wife. She has
several Alps clients and it is hard to find who the "real" Mount Rose is. The
Gymnast and coach are another thing altogether, she is always in training and
never seems to be ready.
is sort of a mystery. He is the quiet
and stoic leader of the group who during a game of who would you most like to
impersonate chooses Bruce Lee. Mount Blanc
Mount Rose breaks one
of the rules of being an Alp she is cast out, this is where she loses her
proverbial shit and has a complete mental breakdown. Like trying to describe the meaning of a
Salvador Dali painting, both "Alps" and "Dogtooth" just
need to be experienced and usually more than once.