Force Majeure

2014

Force Majeure

Critics Consensus

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

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Total Count: 151
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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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All Critics (151) | Top Critics (38)

  • 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

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