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Involuntary (De Ofrivilliga)

Involuntary (De Ofrivilliga) (2008)

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Filmmaker Ruben Ostlund offers five stories of how human behavior can be interpreted in different ways by different people in this omnibus feature from Sweden. A bus driver (Henrik Vikman) who has pulled over for a routine rest stop discovers someone has damaged a curtain in the bus's washroom, and he decides that his all passengers will have to wait until the guilty party is willing to step forward and confess. A man named Leffe (Leif Edlund Johansson) persuades his friends to help him play a

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All Critics (17) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (4)

Östlund's single-shot scenes supply their own beady-eyed concentration, encouraging us to work a bit more. Little by little, it becomes clear the vignettes are chosen to illustrate the fault lines in everyday behaviour.

October 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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The definitive moment of this film was when I decided what I was going to order at Starbucks after the credits rolled.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: The Aristocrat
The Aristocrat

An interesting, imaginative effort from a fresh Swedish director.

November 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

It feels a little random and scattershot, but watching it is a deeply haunting experience.

November 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

An inventive and often offbeat mosaic of human weakness.

November 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

The intricacies and relevance of some of the cultural references may be lost in translation, but the behaviour of the characters is fairly universal and the cast of unknowns do creditable, believable work.

November 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Scotsman

With wit dry as bone and satire that cuts down to it, Östlund builds a picture of morality in shades of grey.

October 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

What does it all mean? I have no idea, and I wonder if director/co-writer Ruben Östlund did either.

October 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

Admirers of Todd Solondz's cinema of discomfort will find much to cringe at in this excellent dark comedy from Sweden.

October 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Östlund -- who came to film-making, surreally, from downhill skiing -- zigzags between five stories that are barely stories, just sad, funny, wryly perceptive observations of group activity.

October 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

These minor cautionary tales of embarrassment and ostracism are, for the most part, predictable and undramatic, despite the microscope applied to them.

October 28, 2010
Little White Lies

The overall effect is like eavesdropping on a stranger's most mundane moments -- something you'll find either car-crash fascinating or utterly tedious.

October 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Comparisons have been made to Ricky Gervais' comedy of embarrassment, but this is sober, subtler stuff, played less for laughs and more for effect.

October 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Impressively directed and superbly written, this is an engaging and provocative Swedish drama with terrific performances from its cast of (mostly) unknowns.

October 28, 2010 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

A challenging and intelligent Swedish drama that still raises laughs.

October 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

There is undoubted potential in director Ruben Östlund, and on Involuntary, he revels in the awkward atmosphere created between every day folk, it just doesn't feel like the finished product yet.

October 13, 2010 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
Fan The Fire

Audience Reviews for Involuntary (De Ofrivilliga)

Original vision of curious swedish vignettes which concludes little but intrigues at times.
April 17, 2011
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