The cumulative force of the screenplay and Yorgos Mavropsaridis' editing is not as hypnotic as in "Dogtooth," perhaps in part because those familiar with Lanthimos' m.o. will know what to expect.
What are people saying?
What are critics saying?
Like "Dogtooth," Alps works by systematically unsettling our sense of what is normal and habitual in human interactions.
Puzzling and provocative, Alps has a lingering power and an effect that is thrillingly difficult to define.
Alps, in spite of its title, is a very flat film, from the shallow focus photography, to the actors' monotone delivery.
It's quibbling to draw up columns denoting what Lanthimos, a difficult but undeniable talent, does right and does wrong. He's seemingly working intuitively here, and whatever missteps he makes while feeling his way forward, he manages to pass quite near to one of the essential conundrums of being human.
The premise is fetching and feels like a mystery, particularly as the film orchestrates its story to make the work of the Alps group seem like a kind of heist.
Follow the film-maker. Let him lead you by the nose. Lanthimos knows exactly where he's going.