Force Majeure Reviews

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February 2, 2021
A high wire balancing act that juggles the observation of Tomas's disintegration and, less satisfyingly, his redemption.
August 26, 2020
The aftermath, played out against the imposing beauty of the Alps and the vast wooden hallways of a sparsely stylish hotel, is fraught with riveting tension, only exacerbated by Ola Flottum's soaring score.
July 7, 2020
A biting look at the people we become.
November 27, 2019
While it all sounds very serious, Ostlund creates a very funny movie.
August 31, 2019
See it with someone with whom you want to feel weird holding hands.
August 8, 2019
Like the avalanche, it follows an unpredictable trajectory, traversing the edge of drama and comedy, as we appreciate the strange beauty of losing our bearings.
June 11, 2019
That absence of a strong conclusion, along with the comedic tone, makes Force Majeure light on its feet, an enjoyable but not too penetrative exploration of a fascinating topic.
April 30, 2019
Force majeure is a legal term denoting an unforeseen, disruptive event that obstructs the fulfillment of a contract. In the film, it is a synonym for avalanche; the contract in question, marriage and family.
April 17, 2019
Acting is uniformly great, the players conveying as much of their struggles using body language as with words, while Ostlund's white-out scenery is both majestic and alienating.
April 4, 2019
Force Majeure is a gripping and deftly observed drama that adds caustic condemnation through its embracing of humour.
December 8, 2018
The film is incredibly thought-provoking and a frequently funny study of a floundering family dynamic.
November 21, 2018
An avalanche descends on a family of tourists and it's not even among the five worst things to happen to them on their cursed ski trip in Force Majeure, the blackly comic Swedish psychodrama from director Ruben Östlund.
November 5, 2018
The early, seminal avalanche scene is a particular masterclass in direction - its effect is as uncanny as the sense of unease it spawns in the married couple.
October 17, 2018
Rarely has a film taken men to the woodshed for their failings with such a mix of disgust, pity, and wit, the last of which is the key ingredient that helps make Force Majeure such a unique high-wire balancing act.
August 27, 2018
[A] brilliantly detailed drama about who we are and who we think we are.
August 22, 2018
Even though we've been down these slopes before, Östlund still delivers a tasty, surprisingly humane glimpse of a marriage put on ice.
August 3, 2018
Written, directed and performed with remarkable intelligence and empathy, it tickles, provokes, cooks up delicious tension throughout, even if all that steam can't seem to find the perfect outlet in the end for an appropriately volcanic burst.
November 13, 2017
What sets Force Majeure apart is this heightened sensitivity to how even an event as minor as Ebba's little breather is incongruous with the stories that families tell about who they are.
October 25, 2017
Bursts of intense Vivaldi underline the crisis as deadly serious, while also making fun of it. The way the conflict plays out in conversations between the couple and their friends over dinners and drinks is side-splittingly funny.
October 17, 2017
It's a satire in the best straight-faced manner of Luis Bunuel's European tenure.
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