Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos • 2011 • Greece
Starring Angeliki Papoulia, Aris Servetalis, Ariane Labed
Yorgos Lanthimos’s surreally funny follow-up to his international breakthrough DOGTOOTH is a mysterious and moving investigation into the process of mourning. An oddball group of four people (two hospital employees, a gymnast, and her coach) form a secret society that sets out to ease the grieving process for those whose loved ones have died. For a fee they will act the part of the missing family member, learning their hobbies and eccentricities in order to help the customer accept their loss. As methadone is to heroin addiction, so are the Alps, as they call themselves, to the mourning process. But when the nurse known as Monte Rosa (Angeliki Papoulia) begins to attach too deeply to her subjects, their project spirals out of control into violence and chaos.