Force Majeure may be considered as a cross between what Escape from Tomorrow might have imagined being, had it imagined being a good movie, and The Loneliest Planet [prior post]. Peter Travers, Rolling Stone:
[The Writer-Director Ruben] Östlund shifts gears from humor to psychological thriller, redefining courage and family in the process. Force Majeure is a jolt. You won’t know what hit you.
“Thriller” is a bit much, but psychological drama, yes. And I’ll dip down to the Daily News for the first time, as critic Jordan Hoffman nails it:
It’s a sly tease, superbly written and performed. There’s even odd humor. It’s all set against gorgeously shot natural vistas.
Definitely an intriguing little movie hinged on one’s reaction when you and your loved ones are in peril. One more movie comes to mind: Claude Chabrol’s small masterpiece La Cérémonie, though nothing quite so drastic happens here. Definitely worth a look for the refreshing cinematic vision alone; the trailer will tell you immediately whether or not this one’s for you. Shot in the French alps; in Swedish and English. 8/10