It comes down on the essential hollowness of traditional gender roles like the avalanche that proves to be its inciting event.
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This is another solid and provocative feature from Ostlund.
Force Majeure represents what is perhaps Östlund's most sophisticated thought experiment yet, at once provocative and wise. It is a penetrating study of that most ludicrous of social pretenses — masculinity, toxic and ubiquitous.
Force Majeure is an impressive and adult piece of work, bracing and intelligent.
Force Majeure is a brutally smart and original film.
The film builds riotously via a series of verbal takedowns as male authority goes limp in the wake of a regrettable impulse. This is slender material to build a whole film around, but Östlund turns it into something deep, for viewers with patience.
Visually stunning even in its most banal moments and emotionally perceptive almost to a fault.
Chilling, cruel and funny — in an icy, Swedish way.
Östland writes the conflict between husband and wife beautifully, like a scab that gets picked at until it bleeds, and he does things cinematically, too, to suggest the growing distance between them—an already-cool visual palette broadens like a yawning chasm.
Mightily clever in its rather theatrical structure, but bracingly cinematic in its formal approach, the movie has a bold, ambiguous final act.