Venice: Greek Film 'Alps' Explores Grief
Colleen Barry - The Associated Press
From left, actress Ariane Labed, actor Johnny Vekris, director Yorgos Lanthimos, and actress Aggeliki Papoulia pose during the photo call for the movie Alpis (Alps) at the 68th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011.
"Alps" is the name chosen to designate an ad-hoc group whose members stand in for deceased loved ones, purportedly to help the grieving through the transition. The first four sessions are free of charge.
So, a blind woman hires a member to play her dead husband, promising him his favorite dinner of schnitzel and potatoes as he leaves for work, and another to play her departed best friend, who would read to her.
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