ByJess O'Kane, writer at
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Jess O'Kane

Force Majeure is - excuse the pun - a major force in awards buzz right now. The fourth film from ski-obsessed director Ruben Östlund is what would happen if The Slap was written by Martin Amis.

The movie takes a satirical look at an avalanche that almost hits a family whilst at a mountain cafe on vacation. After the accident, Ebba (Lisa Loven Kongsli) begins to question why her husband bolted from the table without even attempting to help her or their two children.

What ensues is a tense yet hilarious breakdown of the family structure, with a typically black Scandi tone and heaps of awkward laughs.

Östlund perfectly captures the innocuous quality of the setting, where the couple's domestic dramas are confined to clinical ski hotels and cosy chalets.

Unsurprisingly given that it won the un certain regard Jury Prize at Cannes, Force Majeure has been selected as Sweden's hope for the Oscars this year.

If the trailer's anything to go by, it's not a stab in the dark.


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