A seemingly perfect Swedish family spend a skiing holiday in a huge hotel in the French Alps. A good opportunity for the busy Tomas to spend quality time with his children - at least, so his wife Ebba thinks. Their different expectations quickly lead to tension. Then the family is almost engulfed in a massive avalanche. Instead of rescuing his wife and kids, Tomas saves his own skin first; his instinctive choice has great consequences for the rest of the holiday.
In this intelligent, spectacularly photographed film, director Ruben Östlund - who started his career by directing ski films - focuses, as he did in Involuntary (2008) and Play (2011), on human failings. With the precision of a brain surgeon, he pares away a number of myths about relationships and fatherhood; ‘civilized man’ suddenly appears very insignificant when confronted by insurmountable forces of nature. Not for nothing was this film given the international title Force Majeure.

International title
Force majeure
Filmmaker
Ruben Östlund
Country
Sweden, France, Norway
Year
2015
Medium
DCP
Length
118’
Language
Swedish
Producer
Erik Hemmendorff, Marie Kjellson, Philippe Bober
Production Company
Plattform Produktion, Société Parisienne de Production, Coproduction Office Aps, Motlys
Sales
Coproduction Office
Writer
Ruben Östlund
Cinematography
Fredrik Wenzel
Editor
Jacob Secher Schulsinger, Ruben Östlund
Production Design
Josefin Åsberg
Sound Design
Kjetil Mørk, Rune Van Deurs, Jesper Miller
Music
Ola Fløttum
Cast
Johannes Kuhnke, Lisa Loven Kongsli
Website
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