FORCE MAJEURE

by Ruben Östlund

Denmark/France/Norway/Sweden, 2014, 118 min.

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 for her husband Tomas as she tries to protect their 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.

Reviews

"Hair-raising (...) plays with the effects of human split-second responses - tracing the emotional aftershocks that come from one decision(...) crosses from the comic and tragic and back again (...) With Force Majeure, the Swedish filmmaker displays an unsparing vision of human nature, gnawed by uncertainty, and ill-served by the instincts that are supposed to protect us"
Nicolas Rapold, THE NEW YORK TIMES

"Visually stunning (...) unsettling psychological thriller (...) of all the satirists working in cinema today, Ostlund displays perhaps the slyest streak of dark humour"
Peter Debruge, VARIETY

"A sardonic, serious, funny, precision-controlled psycho-comedy-drama(...)  One of this superbly directed film's many pleasures is the way Ostlund risks provoking out and out laughs from the midway point on, as the dramatic stakes heighten"
Lee Marshall, SCREEN INTERNATIONAL

Ruben Östlund


Ruben Östlund was born in 1974 on Styrsö, a small island off the West Coast of Sweden. An avid skier, Östlund directed three ski films testifying his taste for long sequence shots. Östlund went on to study film at the University of Gothenburg where he developed his sense for constructed and well thought out sequence shots which has continued to evolve in his short and feature films until now. The director has also become known for his humorous and accurate look at human social behaviour.


 

 

 

His feature debut THE GUITAR MONGOLOID won the FIPRESCI Award at Moscow in 2005, while his second feature film INVOLUNTARY premiered at Un Certain Regard in 2008. PLAY, his last feature film, was selected at the Cannes Directors' Fortnight in 2011.

FILMOGRAPHY

2011 PLAY, Fiction, 116 min.
2010 INCIDENT BY A BANK, Fiction, 10 min.
2008 INVOLUNTARY, Fiction, 98 min.
2005 AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL SCENE NUMBER 6882, Fiction, 9 min.
2004 THE GUITAR MONGOLOID, Fiction, 85 min.

 

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Cannes 2014 - Un Certain Regard

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118 min.

Ruben Östlund


Ruben Östlund was born in 1974 on Styrsö, a small island off the West Coast of Sweden. An avid skier, Östlund directed three ski films testifying his taste for long sequence shots. Östlund went on to study film at the University of Gothenburg where he developed his sense for constructed and well thought out sequence shots which has continued to evolve in his short and feature films until now. The director has also become known for his humorous and accurate look at human social behaviour.


 

 

 

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Denmark Denmark
France France
Norway Norway
Sweden Sweden
Reviews: 

"Hair-raising (...) plays with the effects of human split-second responses - tracing the emotional aftershocks that come from one decision(...) crosses from the comic and tragic and back again (...) With Force Majeure, the Swedish filmmaker displays an unsparing vision of human nature, gnawed by uncertainty, and ill-served by the instincts that are supposed to protect us"
Nicolas Rapold, THE NEW YORK TIMES

"Visually stunning (...) unsettling psychological thriller (...) of all the satirists working in cinema today, Ostlund displays perhaps the slyest streak of dark humour"
Peter Debruge, VARIETY

"A sardonic, serious, funny, precision-controlled psycho-comedy-drama(...)  One of this superbly directed film's many pleasures is the way Ostlund risks provoking out and out laughs from the midway point on, as the dramatic stakes heighten"
Lee Marshall, SCREEN INTERNATIONAL

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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 for her husband Tomas as she tries to protect their 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.

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