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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Aggeliki Papoulia
Aris Servetalis
Johnny Vekris
Ariane Labed.
Directors
Yorgos Lanthimos.
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Yorgos Lanthimos
Efthymis Filippou .
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Plot
A group of four people, including disillusioned nurse Aggeliki Papoulia, offer their services as surrogates for grieving relatives.


Review
Alps
Godfather of the Greek Weird Wave Yorgos Lanthimos follows up the Oscar-nominated Dogtooth with an absurdist tale of emotional misfits glazed with bleak, black laughs. Aggeliki Papoulia is a jaded A&E nurse who, along with a paramedic, gymnast and coach, targets families of the recently deceased and offers to double as the dead like ghosts for hire. Set at a frigid distance by Lanthimos’ strict, static compositions, a parable of emotional numbness emerges, cuddly as an iceberg, with cryptic hidden depths. It’s mordantly funny, too — the game of death-bed tennis is absolutely priceless.


Verdict
Writer-director Lanthimos delivers another heady dose of weirdness. Loopier than a frog sandwich but rather wonderful.


Reviewed by Simon Crook

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