Involuntary (De Ofrivilliga)


Involuntary (De Ofrivilliga) (2008)



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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.


Critic Reviews for Involuntary (De Ofrivilliga)

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (2)

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

Jan 13, 2015 | Full Review…

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.

Oct 27, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

Jan 15, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

Jan 13, 2015 | Full Review…

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

Sep 27, 2012 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

An interesting, imaginative effort from a fresh Swedish director.

Nov 3, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Involuntary (De Ofrivilliga)

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

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