Force Majeure


Force Majeure (2014)


Critic Consensus: 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 (148) | Top Critics (34)

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

"Force Majeure" is both funny and sad, often in the same glance-averted instant. See it with someone you'd trust to stick around in an avalanche. It's one of the highlights of 2014.

Nov 20, 2014 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Östlund has an exquisite eye for the intimate, nonverbal communication between couples through their posture, gestures, their eyes.

Nov 7, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

"Force Majeure" leaves the audience squirming - in all the very best ways.

Nov 6, 2014 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Force Majeure


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.
Jens S.

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An uncomfortable and darkly humored examination of masculinity centered on a family man who becomes a pathetic coward due to some hilarious circumstances while his wife hesitates to deal with it - but the film doesn't know how to end and lingers on for two or three scenes longer than it should.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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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 stranger
familiar stranger

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Probably the best film about a ski holiday ever, with Kubrick style filmmaking coupled with a cringe-worthy black comedy plot.

Ross Collins
Ross Collins

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