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THE FILMS OF RUBEN ÖSTLUND
JANUARY–MARCH 2015 **** EXTENDED THROUGH APRIL 14
FORCE MAJEURE (Turist, 2014)
Turist, 2014, 118m, Sweden/Denmark/France/Norway
Swedish, Norwegian, and English with English subtitles
with Johannes Bah Kuhnke, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Clara Wettergren, Vincent Wettergren, Kristofer Hivju, Fanni Metelius, Brady Corbet
cinematography: Fredrik Wenzel; produced by Erik Hemmendorff, Phillippe Bober, Marie Kjellson
On a ski vacation in the French Alps, a young Swedish couple and their two children have a close call with an avalanche that sends the father, Tomas (Johannes Bah Kuhnke), scurrying for his life, leaving behind his panicked kids and equally terrorized wife, Ebba (Lisa Loven Kongsli). Though no one is harmed, the foundational beliefs and expectations holding together the edifices of marriage and family have been shattered. As Östlund plumbs the aftermath of Tomas’s split-second transgression, this scalpel-sharp, often squirmingly funny film examines the flimsy bonds of coupledom, the conflict between social role and survival instinct, and the impossibility of undoing that which has come before. Winner of the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival and this year’s official Swedish Oscar entry.
(distributed by Magnolia Pictures)
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