2014, Sweden-France, 118’, Color, Swedish-English
Director: Ruben Östlund
Cast: Lisa Loven Kongsli, Johannes Bah Kuhnke, Brady Corbet, Kristofer Hivju
2015 Golden Globes Best Foreign Language Nominee
2015 Academy Award Best Foreign Language Nomination-Sweden
The year’s best and probably the most talked about film.
A Swedish family travels to the French Alps to enjoy a few days of skiing and spend some precious time with each other. 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 eeing in all directions, mother Ebba calls for her husband Tomas as she tries to protect their children. Tomas, meanwhile, is running for his life… Reality returns to embarrassed laughter, the anticipated disaster having failed to occur, and yet the family’s world has been shaken to its core. Tomas’ unexpected action leads them to evaluate their roles and assumptions, a question mark hanging over their father in particular. With the end of the holiday approaching, Tomas and Ebba’s marriage hangs in the balance as Tomas struggles desperately to reclaim his role as family patriarch. FORCE MAJEURE is an observational comedy about the role of the male in modern family life.