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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 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.

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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

Stretcher-bearer: [speaking to the nurse] We're going to do a test. I'm going to use this object. If it doesn't change colour and stays white, then it automatically means you are competent and reliable, and can stay in our group. If it changes colour, there are two possibilities. First, it might turn blue. If it turns blue, then it automatically means that you are competent, but unreliable. Therefore? There's no therefore. It doesn't really matter if it turns blue. It's just something I said. The second and worst...
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Featured in At the Movies: Venice Film Festival 2011 (2011) See more »

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Alps
24 July 2012 | by lasttimeisawSee all my reviews

A KVIFF screening, from the young and talented Greek director Giorgos Lanthimos, a follow-up of DOGTOOTH (2009), which was a dark horse nominee of Oscar's BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR and I haven't watched yet. But Giorgos' eerie approach of scrutinizing modern-day's communicative malaise has its overt justification in ALPS.

Absurd, genuinely designed, full of fits of laughters about the mimicking set pieces, the film presents itself in a more comprehensive elaboration than I expected, although initially, it takes some time to figure out the real occupation and motivation behind the self-dubbed "Alps"group (maybe Everest could be a more befitting name since its the highest mountain on the earth and its irreplaceability should be more cogent than Alps as long as height is concerned).

But the wacky "impersonating the deceased"groundwork is not potent enough to sustain the film into a genius employment, since the demanding of this type of service and its viability to perform its presumed obligation (to console the next-of-kins' grief) is a moot question here, and eventually a win-win condition has to yield to the conceptual willfulness (in the film it is the identity misconception, a spontaneously unsurprising aftermath). But performance-wise, leading actress Aggeliki Papoulia is a natural treasure, rendering the eccentric antics much more personal dedication (which also includes an equivocal default of the relationship between her and her father, another Alps' case or not?), I put her among my top 10 list of BEST LEADING ACTRESS line-up of 2011.

ALPS is a patchwork piece, nonetheless, Giorgos' one-of-a-kind singularity alone could be singled out as one of the most intriguing and cutting-edge film artist to bring some mondo gratification to cinema nerds.


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