Ruben Östlund

Force Majeure Review

Force Majeure (2014)

Dir: Ruben Östlund

Force Majeure hinges on a single moment. A man is confronted with an impossible situation and, given no time to think, his autonomous fight-or-flight response kicks in. The rest of the movie deals with the fallout of that act, as we watch the slow dissolution of a family and wonder if there’s any chance for redemption. Swedish writer/director Ruben Östlund brings an exquisite tension and keen eye for detail to this forceful family drama of consequences, and leavens it with a wicked streak of black humour. (more…)