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  • Summary: A nurse, a paramedic, a gymnast and her coach have formed a service for hire. They stand in for dead people by appointment, hired by the relatives, friends or colleagues of the deceased. The company is called Alps. Their leader, the paramedic, calls himself Mont Blanc. Although Alps members operate under a discipline regime demanded by their leader, the nurse does not. (Kino Lorber)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Oliver Lyttelton
    Jul 25, 2012
    Alps has proven Lanthimos to be one of the most fascinating filmmakers anywhere right now.
  2. Reviewed by: Fernando F. Croce
    Jul 10, 2012
    Both a companion piece to and in many ways a reversal of "Dogtooth," it builds on that film's surreally terse style and notions of communication and identity without diluting its singularity or concentration.
  3. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Jul 10, 2012
    Puzzling and provocative, Alps has a lingering power and an effect that is thrillingly difficult to define.
  4. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Sep 20, 2012
    The film takes some deciphering, but once a viewer cracks its code Alps opens up into something expansive and rich. Part of what makes Lanthimos so uniquely masterful is that he remains in control while refusing to point toward any singular interpretation.
  5. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Jul 11, 2012
    Lanthimos' skill at orchestrating these tense, creepy, shockingly funny setpieces is just as evident here as it was in "Dogtooth," but too much of Alps is left vague.
  6. 60
    The premise is fetching and feels like a mystery, particularly as the film orchestrates its story to make the work of the Alps group seem like a kind of heist.
  7. Reviewed by: Boyd van Hoeij
    Jul 10, 2012
    The cumulative force of the screenplay and Yorgos Mavropsaridis' editing is not as hypnotic as in "Dogtooth," perhaps in part because those familiar with Lanthimos' m.o. will know what to expect.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jul 24, 2012
    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 Expand
  2. Jun 21, 2013
    Giorgos Lanthimos has yet again made a film that people who watch it would want to talk about it. He is a filmmaker with his own distinctive particular style, that exposes issues in a way that leaves us gasping for more. Expand