Force Majeure

Showing in Rhinebeck.
Last showing.
 
Mar 3
Wed 8:10 
(Sweden, Norway, Denmark, France / 2014 / Directed by Ruben Östlund)
R / 118 mins
* Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Film
In this beautiful, audacious film, Ruben Östlund turns a keenly analytic eye on the principles we supposedly live by and explores what happens when our codes of conduct are abruptly stripped away.
On a family skiing vacation in the French Alps, Tomas (Johannes Bah Kuhnke) and Ebba (Lisa Loven Kongsli) are enjoying lunch with their two children when thunderous booms emanating from the mountain above them interrupt their meal. The complacent Tomas initially dismisses the possibility of danger – but when it appears that there may be an avalanche, he grabs his cellphone and bolts, leaving his wife and children to fend for themselves. When nothing catastrophic happens as a result of the avalanche, the film probes the incident’s emotional fallout, as husband and wife debate what actually occurred, and what Tomas’s proper response should have been – a battle that eventually threatens not just Tomas and Ebba’s relationship, but those of the people around them. Psychologically acute and boasting a number of bravura moments that range from terrifying to comic, FORCE MAJEURE is both an insightful probe into gender roles and family dynamics and a clever lampoon of fragile bourgeoisie masculinity. In Swedish with subtitles. 
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