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Force majeure

Ruben Östlund
Sweden 2014 / 118’

A typical middle-class Swedish family travels to the French Alps for a skiing vacation in a picturesque natural setting. With the snow illuminating the beautiful snow-capped mountains, they enjoy their idyllic surroundings, at least for a while. Tomas and Ebba’s peaceful vacation is disturbed by an avalanche that surprises them during their lunch at the hotel restaurant. This turns out to be harmless, but it has a lasting impact on their marital relations. As Ebba protects her children in the face of danger, her husband instinctively flees the scene. While she initially tries to turn the whole situation into a joke, she is bothered more and more by her husband’s selfishness, which came to light under such dramatic circumstances. With humor and a large dose of the absurd, Ruben Östlund explores their marital crisis, and the most important questions that he asks concern the role of the man in modern culture. Does the man, in accordance with tradition, have to be the head of the family? What roles does the man play, in fact? Do family relations not need to be re-evaluated and redefined?

Katarzyna Wolanin


Cannes IFF 2014 - Un Certain Regard Jury Prize

Ruben Östlund

Ruben Östlund was born in 1974 in Styrsö, Sweden. While at university in Gothenburg, he met producer Erik Hemmendorff, and together they founded Plattform Produktion. He has made award-winning short and feature films. His debut Gitarrmongot won a FIPRESCI at the festival in Moscow, while Involuntary was honored at festivals in Mar Del Plata, Brussels, and Stockholm, among others, and he won the prestigious LUX Award from the European Parliament for Play.


2004 Gitarrmongot

2008 Mimowolnie / De ofrivilliga / Involuntary

2011 Gra / Play

2014 Turysta / Turist / Force majeure

Cast & Crew

director Ruben Östlund
screenplay Ruben Östlund
cinematography Fredrik Wenzel
editing Ruben Östlund, Jacob Secher Schulsinger
music Ola Fløttum
sound Kjetil Mørk, Rune van Deurs, Jesper Miller
cast Johannes Bah Kuhnke, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Clara Wettergren, Vincent Wettergren, Kristofer Hivju, Fanni Metelius
producer Erik Hemmendorff, Marie Kjellson, Philippe Bober
production Plattform Produktion
Polish distributor Against Gravity
language Swedish, English
colouration colour