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Force Majeure

Force Majeure

2014 (Ruben Ostland) 14A - Swedish. English subtitles

Johannes Kuhnke, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Clara Wettergren

This wickedly funny and precisely observed psychodrama tells the story of a model Swedish family on a skiing holiday in the French Alps. (C) Magnolia Pictures

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.  

"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. Michael Phillips. Chicago Tribune