A family vacationing in the French Alps is confronted with a devastating avalanche.A family vacationing in the French Alps is confronted with a devastating avalanche.A family vacationing in the French Alps is confronted with a devastating avalanche.
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. —Cannes Film Festival
When your Best isn't Good Enough
I have seen 'Force Majeure' described as a comedy; but if so, it's an exceptionally black one, for it focuses on a dark question: what if our best isn't good enough, and our conscious efforts count for little when set against our instincts? None of the characters in this film are bad people; but whether they can make each other happy remains unresolved even at the movie's ambiguous ending. It's cleverly plotted, and makes skilful use of its secondary characters. But the final message is bleak: perhaps the most we can do is acknowlege that in a deep way, we're all really alone.
- Sep 10, 2021
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