The Playlist via a Greek film blog AUEB Film Club, has revealed some interesting facts from the press notes for Yorgos Lanthimos’ new film Alps. With a premiere in Venice and TIFF just around the corner, anyone heading out to see the movie might find interest in reading the 15 rules of the Alps. The film which is said to be “darker and funnier” than Dogtooth, centres around a nurse, a paramedic, a gymnast and her coach, who form a service for hire in which they stand in for dead people by appointment, replicating the behaviour and gestures of the deceased, to help friends and relatives with the grieving process. The title of the film refers to the name of the organization under which the characters of the film work, and Lanthimos has come up with a list of fifteen rules they must abide by.
You can read the fifteen rules below, but we also recommend you head over the AUEB Film Club and check out the Alps poem. You won’t regret it.
THE 15 RULES OF THE ALPS
1. Must declare in advance the things they are unwilling to do by filling out Form (e.g. kissing, lifting weights, travelling etc.)
2. Must declare in advance the things they are good at by filling out Form (e.g. dancing, waterskiing, discussing etc.)
3. Must have some basic knowledge of psychology and sociology.
4. Are obliged to support, under all circumstances, the interests of the Alps group.
5. Must respect each other.
6. Have the right to change their nickname only twice. They cannot choose a nickname belonging to another Alps member. The nickname must strictly be the name of a mountain in the Alps, and not something general or irrelevant (e.g. Blonde, Master, Dragon etc.)
7. Can never talk about Alps activities with non-Alps members.
8. Are obliged to take the Gymnastics Club Test, if necessary.
9. Must be over 14 years of age.
10. Should always be smart, clean, punctual, and in complete control.
11. Must never get emotionally involved with clients, or have intimate relations with them.
12. Cannot change their physical appearance without the Leader’s permission (e.g. dye hair, lose or gain weight, wear coloured contact lenses etc.)
13. Must be able to make convincing facial expressions (sadness, happiness, despair etc.)
14. Must honour the title of their membership, and be ready to kill or die for it.
15. Must never attack one another, and must believe in teamwork.
Mont Blanc, Leader of the Alps group
Below is images scanned for the press notes: