Yorgos Lanthimos Alps Movie
If there were an award for the strangest film at the festival, Yorgos Lanthimos’ Alps would run away with the prize. If you are familiar with Lanthimos’ work, however, then you know that weirdness for him comes second nature and you are in for one hell of a wild ride when you decided to tackle one of his films.
Alps follows a group of individuals, who seek out those that have lost someone close, offering up their services to take the place of the deceased in order to console their loss and ease the pain. Whether you end up liking the film or loathing it, one thing is for certain – Greece madman Yorgos Lanthimos should most definitely get a few brownie points for trying as Alps is unlike anything you are likely to see this year.
While it seemed like the crowd was quite mixed at my screening, I found the film to be remarkably well-done and rather refreshing compared to the by-the-books films I attended beforehand. While not for all taste, by any means, Alps is suitable film festival fare for those looking for something uniquely original and worth your time.
Expect Alps to make another appearance in northeast Ohio at either Cedar Lee or Cleveland Cinematheque (who sponsored the film) in the coming months.