Alps is as black as a black comedy can get before it’s not a comedy anymore, but a Munchian scream into the abyss. With jokes. It’s a funny but disturbing modern fairytale by writer/director Giorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth), about middle-class Greeks who fill their lives with ersatz relationships, complete with 100% play-acted emotions. Are they scared of reality? Definitely. Does “real” even exist in a world like this? Maybe not. That’s a cold prospect, but Alps manages to turn down the temperature while being constantly engaging.
DAVID STRATTON (ABC’s At The Movies)
A cinephile who needs no introduction.
Posted: June 5th, 2012 under Arts, Brag 464 (May 28), Film Reviews, Sydney Film Festival 2012.
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