• 15
  • Yorgos Lanthimos (2011)
  • Gr (SUB)
  • 93 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Bereaved parents, a disgruntled rhythmic gymnast and moonlighting paramedic staff find their paths converging in this Greek drama from director Yorgos Lanthimos, whose previous offering, Dogtooth, created quite a stir on the international art-house circuit. The film takes its time to reveal its purpose, as a picture emerges of sundry individuals - grouped under the enigmatic moniker "Alps" - who dedicate themselves to acting as substitutes for lost loved ones, thus salving the pain for surviving relatives. Events unfold in a series of games and odd rituals, where we're often unsure exactly who's doing the play-acting, yet the film's tantalising enigmas actually draw us in, prompting the viewer to ponder how our own identities might be constructed from a series of social patterns. Not everyone will go with Lanthimos's often disarmingly original approach to storytelling, but for those who do, this is a fascinating, slightly mad and ultimately rather affecting portrait of our need for human connections.

Plot Summary

Premiere. A nurse joins a secret society devoted to helping others cope with the grieving process. The members learn to imitate the deceased's mannerisms and take their place until their loved ones have learned to move on. However, when the new recruit acts independently of the group, she finds there are serious consequences. Drama, starring Aggeliki Papoulia and Aris Servetalis. In Greek and English.

Cast and crew


Aggeliki Papoulia
Aris Servetalis
Ariane Labed
Johnny Vekris
Nurse's father
Stavros Psyllakis


Yorgos Lanthimos

Other Information

Greek, English +subtitles
Theatrical distributor: 
Artificial Eye
Violence, swearing, sex scenes.
Released 9 Nov 2012