Force Majeure

Ruben Östlund

 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, pre-teen children-on a skiing holiday in the French Alps. 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.

Year: 2014

Country: Sweden, France & Norway

Language: English, French, Norwegian & Swedish

Running Time: 119 minutes

2014 Cannes Film Festival, Un Certain Regard nominee, Jury Prize winner.