Force Majeure


Force Majeure

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Gleefully uncomfortable, Force Majeure is a relationship drama that's hard to watch -- and just as difficult to ignore.



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A critical favorite and word-of-mouth sensation at this year's Cannes Festival, where it took the Jury Prize in Un Certain Regard, this wickedly funny and precisely observed psychodrama tells the story of a model Swedish family-handsome businessman Tomas, his willowy wife Ebba and their two blond, pre-teen children-on a skiing holiday in the French Alps. The sun is shining and the slopes are spectacular but, during lunch at a mountainside restaurant, an avalanche turns everything upside down. With panicked diners fleeing in all directions, Ebba calls out for her husband as she tries to protect their children. Tomas, however, makes a decision that will shake the family's world to its core. Although the anticipated disaster fails to occur, his marriage now hangs in the balance as he struggles to reclaim his role as family patriarch. (C) Magnolia Pictures


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Critic Reviews for Force Majeure

All Critics (155) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (145) | Rotten (10)

  • Östlund and his superb cast have made an odd, gripping movie. Let it rock your world.

    Apr 10, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • [A] superb black comedy.

    Apr 9, 2015 | Rating: 5/5

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
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  • An essentially hollow contrivance, more concerned with pushing hot buttons and sparking discussion than organically developing characters or probing complex issues.

    Apr 9, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Ruben Östlund's icily disturbing family drama, set in an upscale ski resort in the French Alps, is a disaster movie without a disaster.

    Apr 9, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • For a comedy about emotional pain, this is neither discomforting nor terribly funny, and the satire of bourgeois complacency doesn't cut very deep.

    Nov 21, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Ultimately, "Force Majeure" becomes a thoughtful examination, through Tomas and Ebba, of the person who lives inside each of us, emerging only in the most unguarded moments - and not always a person we want to acknowledge.

    Nov 20, 2014 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for Force Majeure

  • Jul 06, 2017
    Family drama that easily could have been half an hour shorter. There is some interesting camera work, but a mix of genuine and oddly forced situations and conversations. Parts of the film feel as slow and exhausting as being in a bad relationship. Still, most of the film, like its random end sequence is oddly memorable.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 21, 2015
    Self inflicted torture. Thank goodness for the fast forward feature as it would hardly move by itself. So much time spent on showing characters walking, sleeping, eating, brushing, skiing, etc. that hardly adds anything to the story. Just filled with too much of nothingness. There were a handful of worthwhile moments, but not enough to overlook its pacing. Being lauded by so many viewers, I kept waiting for something interesting to happen, but in vain eventually. Even at the end, when they show a group of people walking, I hoped something to happen. But they kept walking for a while, and the movie ended there abruptly. Art lovers & elite cinegoers might surely hail this flick as meaningful cinema, but to ME, it's sheer BS & an exercise in futility.
    familiar s Super Reviewer
  • Jul 07, 2015
    Gripping, funny and stark exploration of gender roles and archetypes through conversations and situations that feel real and empathetic. It's like Interiors-era Woody Allen meets Thomas Winterberg.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • Apr 11, 2015
    Probably the best film about a ski holiday ever, with Kubrick style filmmaking coupled with a cringe-worthy black comedy plot.
    Ross C Super Reviewer

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