Force majeure

Force majeure

Downloadable Video - 2015 | Swedish
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This wickedly funny and precisely observed psychodrama tells the story of a model Swedish family-handsome businessman Tomas, his willowy wife Ebba and their two blond children- on a skiing holiday in the French Alps. The sun is shining and the slopes are spectacular but during a lunch at a mountainside restaurant, an avalanche suddenly bears down on the happy diners. With people fleeing in all directions and his wife and children in a state of panic, Tomas makes a decision that will shake his marriage to its core and leave him struggling to reclaim hisrole as family patriarch.
Publisher: [United States] : Magnolia Pictures : Made available through hoopla, 2015
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (approximately 118 min.)) : sound, color

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LPL_KevinC Feb 19, 2018

This movie is the embodiment of nervous laughter in an uncomfortable situation. Kristofer Hivju (Game of Thrones sweetheart, Tormund Giantsbane) deserves an Oscar just for his reaction shots.

I would agree this is not an outright comedy. What it is is a very well done family drama. And dramas can be punctuated with moments of humor (most effective when unexpected), as in this film. I found it incredibly taut throughout, with most every scene forbodding in some way. This isn’t a conventional thriller/action flick, though. It’s a rumination on the effects on one family after they experience a near-disaster. It’s also very well/beautifully and sometimes hauntingly filmed. A lot of inference and off-screen activity takes the place of dialogue and action in this film, as well. The only thing that was a distraction to me was that some of the acting seemed over-wrought, in particular the parents. But that wasn’t throughout. The last scene acts as more of a coda to the film (and in its own way is probably one of the most tense scenes of a film filled with tension throughout) which may be why some reviewers don’t understand it’s inclusion in the film.

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DoctorVine
Dec 10, 2017

A surprisingly cerebral film.

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eric247
Nov 26, 2017

This is not a bad film, but equally not particularly a comedy. Not even a dark comedy either. The overriding mood (perhaps bitterness) and pacing of the film reduces the 'subtle humor.' Had I known this I would not have added it to my queue. Hardly "hilarious/wickedly funny" as the box touts or the review I had read. Instead, it's a slow burning drama about the strains of a marriage. After the 'event' occurs, the traumatized wife struggles to make sense of her husband's character and their marriage. She questions relationships and life choices between the various characters who have accompanied them on their vacation for the remainder of the film, making it quite serious and sobering.

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booksmile
Oct 29, 2017

Not a disaster or action movie as the synopsis led me to expect, it's simply a slow and painful to watch family drama. The camera work was distracting in its lack of movement--the way it often didn't change angle or zoom to follow the characters--an odd cinematography choice for a drama and character-focused film.

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Janice21383
Jan 07, 2017

The reverse of a superhero film. In 2017, men are supposed to show their loving and vulnerable sides, but are still expected to put up a brave, infallible facade. So imagine the position of a Type A business- and family man, who turns tail and runs from an oncoming avalanche, leaving his wife and children behind. Force Majeure is not a comedy, but it is funny in a European way, as well as being sad and ironic and gorgeously shot. It's surprising how many people really don't get the point, but stick around for the end, in which it is made obvious. If you have a friend -- and we all have one -- who wonders what the end of sexism can do for men, show him this movie.

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gingin1972
Dec 06, 2016

Bull Shit movie with subtitles that are half cut off! If I want to read a movie a would get a book!!

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akirakato
Jun 10, 2016

This is a 2014 Swedish drama directed by Ruben Östlund.
It follows the marital tension resulting from an avalanche during which the husband is believed by his wife to have prioritized his own escape over the safety of his family.
I can clearly understand the theme, but the ending really puzzles me.
How come the director ends the film in such a ridiculous and anticlimactic way?

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breemu
Mar 26, 2016

What a gem! Incredible landscapes, brilliantly captured relationship dynamics, the ever-present feeling of impending natural disaster, the odd incredibly funny moment, and a fabulously subtle ending. And much of it with the background noise of the wonderfully soft, round, plump sounding Swedish language. A must see!

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Cas22
Feb 23, 2016

I thoroughly enjoyed this thought-provoking movie. It maps the far-reaching consequences of a split-second decision by a husband and father to protect himself rather than his family when faced with impending disaster from an avalanche. We see how an instinctive, visceral reaction (to flee) causes a massive breakdown in respect and trust from those close to him.

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