Here’s a two-minute clip from Yorgos Lanthimos’ “Alps” that was published on Daily Motion’s site via Greek movie site flix.gr. (And it appears to come from the film’s international sales company, The Match Factory.)
Reviews out of Venice have been excellent for the “Dogtooth” helmer’s third film, with The Playlist describing it as “unique and remarkable” and “a film to argue about with friends in the lobby until the theater staff throw you out.”
The Guardian is another rave, advising readers to “follow the film-maker. Let him lead you by the nose. Lanthimos knows exactly where he’s going.”
However, Oliver Lyttleton adds this advice:
We’re going to say this only once. We recommend you go in to “Alps” as cold as possible. It’s not quite like anything you’ve seen (its closest relative being, well, “Dogtooth”), and part of its pleasure is watching it play out. There’s no giant twist or anything, but we’re glad we saw it the way we did: knowing only a brief synopsis, and nothing else.
And here’s that official synopsis, per the press kit:
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. The leader, the paramedic, calls himself Mont Blanc. Although Alps members operate under a discipline regime demanded by their leader, the nurse does not.
And with that out of the way, here’s the clip.