Force Majeure

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Writer: Ruben Östlund
Starring: Johannes Bah Kuhnke, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Clara Wettergren, Vincent Wettergren, Kristofer Hivju, Fanni Metelius
Duration: 118 min
Classification: M

Directed by Ruben Östlund

A Swedish family travels to the French Alps to enjoy a few days of skiing and spend some precious time with each other. The sun is shining and the slopes are spectacular but, during a lunch at a mountainside restaurant, an avalanche turns everything upside down. With diners fleeing in all directions, mother Ebba calls her husband Tomas as she tries to protect her children. Tomas, meanwhile, is running for his life…

Reality returns to embarrassed laughter, the anticipated disaster having failed to occur, and yet the family’s world has been shaken to its core. Tomas’ unexpected action leads them to evaluate their roles and assumptions, a question mark hanging over their father in particular. With the end of the holiday approaching, Tomas and Ebba’s marriage hangs in the balance as Tomas struggles desperately to reclaim his role as family patriarch. FORCE MAJEURE is an observational comedy about the role of the male in modern family life.

WINNER JURY PRIZE – UN CERTAIN REGARD

Festival de Cannes 2014

“Visually stunning”

Variety

★★★★

“[Force Majeure] brushes off our surface layer, shows us the icy truth underneath.”

Guardian

★★★★

“Brilliantly testing, laugh-as-you-wince experience”

Telegraph

“Biting satire… a smart and original film.”

Indiewire

”Confrontational and sharply observed… another solid and provocative feature from Östlund”

Hollywood Reporter

“Sardonic, serious, funny, precision-controlled psycho-comedy-drama inspired by the selfishness of our survival instincts.”

Screen International