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Force Majeure

HD   R Closed Captioning

Ruben Östlund

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About the Movie

This wickedly funny and precisely observed psychodrama tells the story of a model Swedish family—handsome businessman Tomas, his willowy wife Ebba and their two blond children— on a skiing holiday in the French Alps. The sun is shining and the slopes are spectacular but during a 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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 136
  • Fresh: 126
  • Rotten: 10
  • Average Rating: 7.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Meticulous and deliberately paced, Force Majeure unexpectedly hits the viewer like an emotional avalanche. – Claudia Puig, USA Today, Oct 31, 2014

Fresh: As adroitly written and directed by Sweden's Ruben Ostlund, "Force Majeure" is a precise film about an out-of-control situation. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Oct 30, 2014

Fresh: "Force Majeure" is both funny and sad, often in the same glance-averted instant. See it with someone you'd trust to stick around in an avalanche. It's one of the highlights of 2014. – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, Nov 20, 2014

Fresh: Ostlund has a keen eye for human behavior that exacerbates marital discord and dysfunction. – David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle, Nov 6, 2014

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Customer Reviews

Fight or flight movie

I thought this movie was a well acted representation of normal people in a normal relationship who experienced a traumatic event. The movie is set at a ski resort in France where the family is on holidays. One day the family is enjoying a meal when an avalanche rolls down a mountain towards them. In a split second the parents make two very different decisions that will change their relationship forever. The actions of the father are portrayed in a non-judgmental light as are the actions of the wife who in her search for an explanation, forces her husband to relive the event over and over again in front of friends and acquaintances. The family is forced to consider their ongoing roles in the family and to make difficult, confronting decisions. The movie was very well acted and the story is completely believable.

Not good

Save yourself and your money

Avalanche at Glacial Pace

Not only is it not funny, its slow and boring.

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Force Majeure
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2014

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