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Involuntary (De Ofrivilliga) (2008)

Involuntary (De Ofrivilliga) (2008)

Involuntary (De Ofrivilliga)

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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 prank on his friend Olle Olle Lijas, though to some it looks less like a joke and more like homosexual rape. Two teenage girls pose for their digital camera, play-acting at soft-core erotica in a manner that could pass as the real thing to the casual observer. A young boy (Villmar Bjorkman) is having a birthday party where his parents have set up a fireworks display; he's injured when one of the explosives misfires, but he's afraid of spoiling the day by telling anyone he's been hurt. And when a teacher learns that a fellow faculty member has been abusing one of their students, she uses a psychological experiment in class to bring the truth to light. De Ofrivilliga (aka Involuntary) was screened as part of the Un Certain Regard program at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
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Written By: Ruben Östlund, Erik Hemmendorff, Erik Hemmendorff
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Critic Reviews for Involuntary (De Ofrivilliga)

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (2)

Begins as a free-floating portrait of mischief and compulsion ...

Full Review… | January 13, 2015
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 27, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

Östlund's films are like controlled experiments in which he applies some form of intense external pressure and watches how his characters alter their behavior in kind.

Full Review… | January 15, 2015
The Dissolve

It concerns how our compulsion to construct and comply with an acceptable public face can make us act against our own instincts and self-interest.

Full Review… | January 13, 2015
Slant Magazine

The definitive moment of this film was when I decided what I was going to order at Starbucks after the credits rolled.

Full Review… | September 27, 2012
The Aristocrat

An interesting, imaginative effort from a fresh Swedish director.

Full Review… | November 3, 2010

Audience Reviews for Involuntary (De Ofrivilliga)

Original vision of curious swedish vignettes which concludes little but intrigues at times.

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