An astute observation based on real cases of bullying. In central Gothenburg, Sweden, a group of boys, aged 12-14, robbed other children on about 40 occasions between 2006 and 2008. The ... See full summary »
In a Russian coastal town, Kolya is forced to fight the corrupt mayor when he is told that his house will be demolished. He recruits a lawyer friend to help, but the man's arrival brings further misfortune for Kolya and his family.
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
Director Ruben Östlund acquired inspiration for some scenes in the screenplay from real footage on YouTube. For example, the avalanche which serves as a momentum early in the story was inspired by a video Östlund found on YouTube, and a performance by a 12-year-old accordionist of Vivaldi's "Summer" was taken directly from a YouTube clip and played repeatedly throughout the film. See more »
At about 1.50 minutes in as the bus is going down the switch backs, as they approach the final switchback the bus gets stuck on the retaining wall is solid. When the passengers get off and watch the bus back up the wall is crenelated concrete. See more »
There's nothing in your head that you haven't said!
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All you need to know about this movie, you can glean from the extras where the director indicates that he got the idea for this film from a You Tube video. You Tube indeed. This movie is a great example of the lack of creative genius in film making from a couple of generations of folks who didn't read much, but instead educated themselves from TV and the Internet blogs. The premise of this movie is not original; a couple is forced (hence the title, I gander) to confront their true feelings, fears and regrets, when a near death experience befalls them. Fair enough, but once the avalanche falls short, so does the writing and directing. We are left with caricatures not real characters and symbolism that is way too obvious. Okay, I get it the omnipresent janitor is supposed to be God watching over the inhabitants of the ski-lodge world. The explosions and creaking machinery is life moving forward, etc., etc. The peripheral skiers are no less predictable. There are the May-December couple/friends who are made to feel uneasy at the trauma between the couple before them, but then buy in to it and start to traumatize each other. Hey, jump into the hot tub, the water's great! There is the cocktail lady friend who revels in her open relationship, seemingly shocking the female protagonist. You can do that? Please. By the last frames I was rooting for the bus to drive off the side of the road and into a deep ravine, killing this cast and giving us some hope for the future of movie making.
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