Movies of the week
Every human being has to die and death does not compromise with anyone! It doesn’t matter whether you are a rich man or a poor man, death strikes both without a second thought.We know this fact very well! Many of us have been left incurably bereaved by the demise of our loved ones. But do they actually leave us?The answer is no! We keep them alive in our memories, in our conversations and in the photo albums we so love to go through time and again. We always find our methods to fill the gaping void caused by an uncalled for death.
Alps, a thought-provoking movie by Greek director Yorgos Lantimos, goes the extra mile to show the desperate measures we adopt to bring back the dead into our incomplete lives. Here the lead characters visualize a weird business, where they will act as the dead relatives of their clients to help them tackle the unforgiving bouts of grief.
Despite the naïve attitude of this business group, their service invites a heavy demand and there’s hardly anyone objecting to their amateurish ways. As they step inside the shoes of a diseased, a kind of irony develops: the grief of losing a loved one is pitted against a vaguely funny makeshift arrangement.
‘Alps’ raises some serious questions about the way we perceive life and how we lack the acceptance of death as an irremovable part of it.
‘Alps’ deserves a hands down applause for bringing out a bitter fact.