Force Majeure, Director Ruben Östlund

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A critical favorite at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, where it took the Jury Prize in Un Certain Regard, this wickedly funny and precisely observed psychodrama tells the story of a model Swedish family—handsome businessman Tomas, his willowy wife Ebba and their two blond children —on a skiing holiday in the French Alps. The sun is shining and the slopes are spectacular but, during a lunch at a mountainside restaurant, an avalanche suddenly bears down on the happy diners. With people fleeing in all directions and his wife and children in a state of panic, Tomas makes a decision that will shake his marriage to its core and leave him struggling to reclaim his role as family patriarch. Director / Writer Ruben Östlund joins us to talk about the exploration of gender roles, cultural perceptions and the idea of “every man for himself.”

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“As a slow-burn melodrama, “Force Majeure” is expertly crafted.” – Eric Kohn, indieWIRE

“The “pleasure” of Östlund is in his command of silence and detail. A sigh or physical twitch says more than a line of dialogue, and what it says is more alarming and more provocative than anyone bargains for.” – Colin Fraser, FILMINK

“Easily one of the films of the year; a must-see, and on the big screen, so you can’t escape. You’ve got to just sit there, and squirm.” – CJ Johnson, ABC Radio

“Ruben Östlund masterfully manages the marital tensions that drive the film’s plot forward while imbuing the scenario with these carefully layered philosophical reflections.” – Tomas Horchard, Slant Magazine

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