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Force Majeure

Black Comedy 2h 0m 2014

Aroview: A barbed and incisive Swedish black comedy of gender politics, centred around a family on a skiing holiday in the French Alps who face a recognizable domestic crisis after witnessing an avalanche.

“It is a penetrating study of that most ludicrous of social pretenses - masculinity, toxic and ubiquitous.” ~ Calum Marsh, Village Voice.

A Swedish family travels to the French Alps to enjoy a few days of skiing. 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… The anticipated disaster 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.


Ruben Östlund


French, Norwegian, Swedish




Denmark, France, Norway, Sweden

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