A hospital nurse who's part of a mysterious Greek quartet offering specialized services for the bereaved goes rogue in "Alps," scribe-helmer Yorgos Lanthimos' anticipated follow-up to his muchlaureled "Dogtooth." Conceived along the santo lines as that film, as well as those of producer Athina Rachel Tsangari's "Attenberg," Lanthimos' latest offers another heady mix of peculiar occurrences, anthropological and Freudian insights into the human species and contempo society, and a particularly wicked sense of humor. Result feels less innovative than its predecessors, though this formally rigorous pic should nonetheless see substantial fest play and niche theatrical action.
CREDITS: A Haos Film presentation and production, in association with Ert, Faliro House Prods., Feelgood Entertainment, Marni Films, Avion Films, Cactus Three Films, Maharaja Films. (International sales: the Match Factory, Cologne, Germany.) Produced by Athina Rachel Tsangmi, Yorgos Lanthimos. Co-producers, Lee Polydor, Christos Voudouris, Victoria Bousis, Thoma Kikis, Andreas Zoupanos Kritikos, Johnny Velais, Aggeliki Papoulia, Maria Hatzakou, Matt Johnson, Thanos Papastergiou.
Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. Screenplay, Lanthimos, Efthimis Filippou. Reviewed at Venice Film Festival (competing), Sept. 2, 2011. (Also in Toronto Film Festival--Visions.) Running time: 93 MIN.
With: Aggeliki Papoulia, Aris Servetalis, Johnny Vekris, Ariane Labed, Stavros Psillakis, Efthimis Filippou, Maria Klrozi.
(Greek, English dialogue)