La idea de vivir una vida que nos es impuesta por distintos factores sociales nos lleva a olvidarnos de lo que nosotros queremos, obligandonos poco a poco a dejar de ser nosotros mismos. Rescato el contraste con la chica gimnasta, quien se empeña en forjar su propia identidad al seguir sus sueños; a tal grado que de no lograrlo, prefiere morir en lugar de tener una vida carente de existencia.
La idea de los Alps que "suplantan" al que muere parece no encuadrar sólidamente en la narrativa, sin embargo esta propuesta parece nutrirse de esas opacidades para sugerir una vivencia inquietante de temas indefinibles como la muerte y la soledad. Lxs Alps no suplantan, sus vidas paradójicamente necesitan ser suplantadas por la existencia que deja la muerte para tener un sentido: no están preparadxs para el "pop".
Descending from the greek philosophers, Yorgos Lanthimos approached another interesting and weird subj. in this unsettling movie experience. A perfect companion for Dogtooth, Alps is another theses about the complexity of human behavior, about the boundaries between what's normal and what might be considered peculiar and exaggerated. Plus much more about grieving, losing identity, losing touch of real life. 7.25
De-dramatization (Brechtean or not) works best when filmmakers ensure that mise-en-scène is semantically richly textured or/and that shots contain iconically strong material. In 'Alps' this does not happen -except a couple of cases- with result that the aphasic breach with realism fails to dig deeper into the latter's psychological bedrock, offering instead a lifeless pseudo-formalism of surrogate intersubjectivity.
I think this is the second Greek film I've seen on MUBI that is deliciously weird, sometimes almost incomprehensibly so. This film took a darker turn than I expected. Loss, grief, violence. And one woman's desperate struggle to belong gone berserk. There was a moment, though, when I thought the entire film might have been written just to express denial that Prince is dead. I feel that.
More wonderful darkness from Yorgos Lanthimos, this time looking at grief and a group of people who start a business trying to help those who have recently lost a loved one by providing them with an impersonation of that person. Strange, twisted, brilliant, there's a lot to enjoy here if you're a fan of the director.
Yorgos has come a long way since this - I love the Lobster, Sacred Deer and The Favourite and Dogtooth was a great debut ... but I found this very slow and hard work. Glimmers of the following films and definitely original but perhaps best viewed as a work in progress.