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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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I think I'd be brave, and do the right thing, but no one really knows for sure.
'FORCE MAJEURE': Four Stars (Out of Five)
Swedish drama flick about a family on holiday in the French Alps, who survive an avalanche; which then puts the father's courage, and family value, in question (as he abandoned his family to save himself). The film was written and directed by Ruben Ostlund and stars Johannes Kuhnke and Lisa Loven Kongsli. It's one of the most critically acclaimed movies of 2014 and was nominated for a Golden Globe; for Best Foreign Language Film. I found it to be a pretty interesting and dramatically intense character study.
The film tells the story of a Swedish family vacationing in the French Alps. One day, during lunch at a beautiful mountainside restaurant, the family is hit by an avalanche, along with other restaurant customers. Everyone is safe but it becomes apparent to the wife, Ebba (Kongsli), that her husband, Tomas (Kuhnke), had fled the scene by himself; leaving the family to fend for themselves. This really bothers Ebba, who proceeds to harass Tomas about it, for the rest of their ski trip. Tomas tries to deny his cowardly actions ever took place, as he lets the event eat him up inside.
The movie kind of deals with everyone's worst fears; 'how would you react in a traumatic life threatening situation?', 'would you be the heroic person you would want to be?'. These are fears that have haunted me, at times. I think I'd be brave, and do the right thing, but no one really knows for sure; until they're in that situation. The film is pretty insightful in that way and it's also very disturbing. The harassment, from the wife, makes the film feel very disheartening. There is a twist ending, as well, that provides a little more emotional satisfaction for everyone. It's a well made drama film, but pretty hard to sit through.
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