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Force Majeure

Force Majeure
Johannes Kuhnke and Lisa Loven Kongsli

Rated: R for some language and brief nudity.
Reviewed by: Jim  
Release date: November 7, 2014 Released by: Magnolia Pictures

An exemplary, if coolly measured counterpart to Hereafter or even the recent provocative (from the bitterness and boredom) Gone Girl is this fully subtitled Swedish tale of the Wettergren clan on a weeklong ski vacation at the French Alps with spectacularly evocative crisp widescreen visuals.

Force Majeure or (Tourist) from Ruben Ostlund works off of horrible effects of physical phenomenon (specifically something as brief as an avalanche) can have on marriage and family from vanity to frustration essentially taking them to the brink. Going from the farcical at times to the depths of despair.

It starts out as holiday pleasure as affable, handsome hubby Tomas (Johannes Kuhnke) and willowy Ebba (Lisa Loven Kongsli) enjoy whisking down very high slopes, but a title card reveals the eponymous cataclysmic event that eventually puts uneasiness, fretfulness and resentment into their lives as well as their children, Vera and Harry. In a metaphorically, jarring way that relates an oddly astounding impression.

A kind of domestic tale unfolds where a vivid production accentuates loneliness especially through the designs of the wonders of modern architecture and the decline of communication and conduct. Tomas and Ebba go down the proverbial abyss from the likes of what plays on a smartphone, but a relevant relationship drama with glacial emotional ramifications is wryly amended from damage and self-destruction. And, it immeasurably helps in the duplicitous and riveting etchings of Kuhnke and Kongsli, respectively, to make it a disturbingly inviting winter of discontent.

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