Force Majeure

Force Majeure

Ruben Ostlund (2014)

114min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
It's a rare comedy that with just a few tweaks could easily be a heavy drama, but Force Majeure is exactly that. Dealing with the serious issue of adult responsibility, it starts with near disaster - while lunching at a restaurant in the French Alps with his wife Ebba (Lisa Loven Kongsli) and two children, tourist Tomas (Johannes Bah Kuhnke) watches with bemusement as what seems to be a controlled explosion sends a cascade of snow pouring down the mountains towards them. As it gets closer, panic sets in around him and Tomas bolts, pausing only to pick up his iPhone. The avalanche peters out and is soon forgotten, but Tomas is not so lucky - his cowardice weighs heavy on Ebba's mind and hasn't escaped the kids' attention either. What follows is a very subtle, deadpan black comedy that raises some very uncomfortable issues of the "what would you do" kind. Couples, be warned: this isn't date-night material.

Summary

A man on a skiing holiday in the French Alps flees for his life during an avalanche - leaving his family to their fate. While everyone survives, he soon finds his relationship with his wife and children unraveling as they struggle to forgive him for abandoning them. Drama, starring Johannes Kuhnke and Lisa Loven Kongsli. In Swedish, English, French and Norwegian.

Cast & Crew

Tomas Johannes Kuhnke
Ebba Lisa Loven Kongsli
Harry Vincent Wettergren
Vera Clara Wettergren
Mats Kristofer Hivju
Fanni Fanni Metelius
Charlotte Karin Myrenberg
Brady Brady Corbet
Director Ruben Ostlund
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Other Information

Language: Swedish, English, French, Norwegian +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: Curzon Film WorldGuidance: swearingAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 10 Apr 2015
Drama