Ruben Östlund's 'Force Majeure' is a wickedly funny and precisely-observed black comedy.
A model Swedish family - handsome businessman Tomas, his wife Ebba and their two beautiful children - are on a skiing holiday at a high-end resort in the French Alps. The sun is shining and the slopes are spectacular, but during lunch at a mountainside restaurant, an avalanche suddenly bears down on the happy diners. With people fleeing in all directions and his wife and children in a state of panic, Tomas makes a decision that will shake his marriage to its core and leave him struggling to reclaim his role as family patriarch.
A critical favourite at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, where it took the Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard category, 'Force Majeure' marks Ruben Östlund as one of Europe’s most piercingly intelligent filmmakers.
★★★★★ "Superb black comedy" - Wendy Ide, The Times