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Force Majeure

OT: Force Majeure

Ruben Östlund // Sweden, 2014
Fiction Feature // FF2014
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A Swedish family on skiing holiday in the French Alps. An idyllic start, but on the second day an avalanche races towards the tourists as they sit on the terrace of a restaurant. The mother, Ebba, instinctively protects her children, while her husband Tomas grabs his smart phone and runs. Even though a catastrophe doesn’t then ensue, the family is thrown into chaos. The question of whether Tomas is a selfish coward or not hangs over everything like a Damoclean sword. He namely has a completely different version of events, but can only watch as his position as father and husband crumbles with each day. Force Majeure is the tragicomic, fantastically shot and directed portrayal of the dismantling of a man’s self-image.


RUBEN ÖSTLUND (*1974) showed his film Turist at the 2014 FILMFEST HAMBURG The film went on to win more than 30 prizes and was nominated for both Oscar and Golden Globe. The Square is Östlund's second feature film.



Force Majeure

Fiction Feature

English, Swedish




118 min

OV with German subtitles

Ruben Östlund

Ruben Östlund

Johannes Bah Kuhnke, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Clara Wettergren, Vincent Wettergren, Kristofer Hivju, Fanni Metelius

Erik Hemmendorff, Marie Kjellson, Philippe Bober

Fredrik Wenzel

Ruben Östlund, Jacob Secher Schulsinger

Ola Flottum

Josefin Asberg

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