Force majeure

Force majeure

DVD - 2015 | Swedish
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An idyllic family skiing vacation takes a stunning turn when an avalanche threatens the ski lodge restaurant, sending people fleeing and demanding quick decisions that change the course of the family dynamics and trust
Publisher: [United States] : Magnolia Home Entertainment, 2015
Edition: Widescreen ed
Branch Call Number: DVD Force
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 118 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Chapel_Hill_KenMc Mar 29, 2015

Powerful acting supports this tense emotional drama that builds and maintains a wonderful sense of anguish amidst a spectacular resort setting.

Chapel_Hill_MollyL Mar 08, 2015

An amazing film about marriage, masculinity, community, family, friendship, and skiing. I am often oblivious to important things like cinematography, but the beauty of this film is undeniable. Subtly funny and heartfelt, Force Majeure is just about the best film I've seen in many years.

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Dec 10, 2017

A surprisingly cerebral film.

Nov 26, 2017

This is not a bad film, but equally THIS IS NOT A COMEDY! Not even a dark comedy either. The overriding mood (perhaps bitterness) and pacing of the film reduces the 'subtle humor.' Had I known this I would not have added it to my queue. Hardly "hilarious/wickedly funny" as the box touts or the review I had read. Instead, it's a slow burning drama about the strains of a marriage. After the event occurs, the traumatized wife struggles to make sense of her husband's character and their marriage. She questions relationships and life choices between the various characters who have accompanied them on their vacation for the remainder of the film, making it quite serious and sobering.

Oct 29, 2017

Not a disaster or action movie as the synopsis led me to expect, it's simply a slow and painful to watch family drama. The camera work was distracting in its lack of movement--the way it often didn't change angle or zoom to follow the characters--an odd cinematography choice for a drama and character-focused film.

Jan 07, 2017

The reverse of a superhero film. In 2017, men are supposed to show their loving and vulnerable sides, but are still expected to put up a brave, infallible facade. So imagine the position of a Type A business- and family man, who turns tail and runs from an oncoming avalanche, leaving his wife and children behind. Force Majeure is not a comedy, but it is funny in a European way, as well as being sad and ironic and gorgeously shot. It's surprising how many people really don't get the point, but stick around for the end, in which it is made obvious. If you have a friend -- and we all have one -- who wonders what the end of sexism can do for men, show him this movie.

Dec 06, 2016

Bull Shit movie with subtitles that are half cut off! If I want to read a movie a would get a book!!

Jun 10, 2016

This is a 2014 Swedish drama directed by Ruben Östlund.
It follows the marital tension resulting from an avalanche during which the husband is believed by his wife to have prioritized his own escape over the safety of his family.
I can clearly understand the theme, but the ending really puzzles me.
How come the director ends the film in such a ridiculous and anticlimactic way?

Mar 26, 2016

What a gem! Incredible landscapes, brilliantly captured relationship dynamics, the ever-present feeling of impending natural disaster, the odd incredibly funny moment, and a fabulously subtle ending. And much of it with the background noise of the wonderfully soft, round, plump sounding Swedish language. A must see!

Feb 23, 2016

I thoroughly enjoyed this thought-provoking movie. It maps the far-reaching consequences of a split-second decision by a husband and father to protect himself rather than his family when faced with impending disaster from an avalanche. We see how an instinctive, visceral reaction (to flee) causes a massive breakdown in respect and trust from those close to him.

Feb 11, 2016

This was the blackest comedy of the year!! 😂

Dec 29, 2015

The jacket of the film describes this as a comedy. I would classify this as anything but. IT was terrible from the word go. The writers just tried too hard to tackle too many things at once, like how it is a well-known fact that men act less than heroically in urgent situations (it is known more men survive disasters than women or the children accompanying them), to marital breakdown, polygamy, etc. It's too much and there's no room for the characters and the story to breathe and grow on its own. Save you time for something better!

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