Force Majeure
Directed by Ruben Östlund, Sweden 2014
120 mins. Swedish dialogue with English subtitles

An avalanche seems a suitable metaphor for trouble that starts small, gathers momentum and ultimately threatens to wipe out the peaceful balance of an up-market Scandi couple’s ski vacation - and possibly even their marriage - in Ruben Östlund’s precisely calibrated fourth feature Force Majeure. By no means a traditional disaster movie, in which the audience’s pleasure scales in direct proportion to the pandemonium witnessed onscreen, Östlund’s unsettling psychological thriller leads with the spectacular incident and studies its disastrous consequences on each of the family members involved.

What the Critics say:
"Visually stunning even in its most banal moments and emotionally perceptive almost to a fault, the film stands to complicate many a romantic arthouse date." (Peter Debruge - Variety Magazine)