Force Majeure

October 21, 2014

Directed by: Ruben Östlund

Written by: Ruben Östlund

Cast: Johannes Kuhnke, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Clara Wettergren, Vincent Wettergren, Brady Corbet

Rating: R

Running Time: 118 minutes

Director and screenwriter Ruben Östlund’s film, FORCE MAJEURE, the winner of 2014 Cannes Film Festival’s Jury Prize in Un Certain Regard, explores the fragility of the male ego. Tomas (Johannes Bah Kuhnke), the father of a model Swedish family on a ski vacation in the French Alps, has a flaw in his “masculinity” revealed when Ebba, his wife (Lisa Loven Kongsli), shields their two kids from an oncoming avalanche while he runs (first grabbing his iPhone) for personal safety. This single act of perceived cowardice threatens Tomas’ status as the family’s patriarch, and indirectly puts into question his manliness.

Grade: B+

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