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Force Majeure (In Translation Series)

  • Starring: Clara Wettergren, Johannes Kuhnke, Kristofer Hivju, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Vincent Wettergren
  • Director: Ruben Östlund
  • Genre(s): Drama, Comedy
  • Languages: English, French, Swedish, Norwegian (w/ subtitles)
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 120 min.

This film is part of our In Translation series of recent foreign language films of note. A $25 “passport” gets you into all five movies in the series.

Synopsis: A Swedish family travels to the French Alps to enjoy a few days of skiing and spend some precious time with each other. The sun is shining and the slopes are spectacular but, during a lunch at a mountainside restaurant, an avalanche turns everything upside down. With diners fleeing in all directions, mother Ebba calls for her husband Tomas as she tries to protect their children. Tomas, meanwhile, is running for his life. Reality returns to embarrassed laughter, the anticipated disaster having failed to occur, and yet the family’s world has been shaken to its core, a question mark hanging over their father in particular. Tomas and Ebba’s marriage now hangs in the balance as Tomas struggles desperately to reclaim his role as family patriarch.

In Translation Series

May 2 & 3: Force Majeure

May 9 & 10: Leviathan

May 16 & 17: Timbuktu

May 23 & 24: White God

May 30 & 31: PK

"Force Majeure is a prickly moral comedy for grown-ups, full of sharply observed moments, spectacular scenery and masterfully manipulated atmosphere."
- Andrew O'Hehir,
"Meticulous and deliberately paced, Force Majeure unexpectedly hits the viewer like an emotional avalanche."
- Claudia Puig, USA Today
"The cinematography is thrilling, the actors are marvelous and director Mr. Östlund shifts masterfully between violent confrontational outbursts of anger and moments of quiet, introspective feelings without words."
- Rex Reed, New York Observer