A Swedish family travels to the French Alps to enjoy a few days of skiing. 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... The anticipated disaster failed to occur, and yet the family's world has been shaken to its core, a question mark hanging over their father in particular. Tomas and Ebba's marriage now hangs in the balance as Tomas struggles desperately to reclaim his role as family patriarch.Written by
Cannes Film Festival
Official submission of Sweden to the best foreign language film category of the 87th Academy Awards 2015. Made the shortlist of 9 films. See more »
The family is skiing in the French Alps, but when Mats and Fanny are waiting for the elevator after their awkward evening with Tomas and Ebba, the directory beside the elevator is in Swedish. See more »
There's nothing in your head that you haven't said!
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Deary me, I've sat through some achingly self-important snoozefests in my time but this might just take the biscuit. Less than 3 minutes into Force Majeure it becomes clear it's one of those movies where the director automatically assumes his work is so profound and so cosmically blessed with untouchable genius that the audience will be glued to every microsecond, spellbound by his gift to the artform. Whereas in reality what we have is a 2 hour film where nothing happens, and we are repeatedly subjected to shots of men women and children urinating. But it's urination as high-art, of course. Not just casually having a slash, but instead striking a pose and emptying their bladders with glacial 1000 yard stares. Genius.
I have no idea what this movie was about. Any scene that could've been done and dusted in 30 seconds instead took approximately 532 years. A few times I thought the cameraman must've died mid-scene, or just wandered off. If there was a story in here somewhere, I don't know what it was because I kept getting so bored that I forgot what I was watching. Was this supposed to be a human drama with no drama? Was it a revenge flick with no revenge? A comedy with no laughs? In fact the very last scene (I can't call it a climax...climax of what?) is so ludicrously pompous that I couldn't help laughing at it. So for that I'll save Force Majeure from getting 1 star, and give it a beyond generous 2 stars.
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