Flash Movie Review: Force Majeure

It is easier to proclaim what you would do in a particular situation than participate in it. I am guilty of doing this; though in my defense, I believe I would carry through with what I said. This is because if I did not do it I would be acting out one of my biggest pet peeves: saying I would do something then not doing it. That and someone grabbing food off my plate without asking first are two of my top pet peeves. Now there have been times where I have listened to someone say what they would do in a certain scenario, but I knew they would never follow through if the experience actually happened to them. I would rather a person just be honest and say they could not do such a thing, instead of pretending to be something they were not. I admit I become annoyed when someone spouts off what they would do if they were in a dangerous situation, such as someone trying to steal something off of them in the middle of a crowded train car. It is hard to say what one would do in another person’s situation without having walked in their shoes first, is a motto I periodically say to myself.    WHILE on holiday skiing in the French Alps Ebba and Tomas, played by Lisa Loven Kongsli (305, Fatso) and Johannes Kuhnke (The Inheritance, Real Humans-TV), and their two children Vera and Harry, played by newcomers Clara Wettergren and Vincent Wettergren, were enjoying a leisurely lunch out on the veranda of their hotel. Suddenly an explosive controlled avalanche of snow veered off its course and headed straight towards the hotel. Fear took over the family and changed everything about their time together. This film festival winning drama really stayed with me after I was done viewing it. Such an intense, emotional story; I was still going over the story later in the day. I thought the acting was so well done, even by the newcomers. Whoever casted the film picked a group that was able to convey so much emotion with simply a facial expression; I was glued to my seat while watching this wonderful film. Besides the glorious scenery that was beautifully captured by the camerawork, I thought the soundtrack added an extra dimension to the story. Speaking of the story, it really presented the dilemma in such a way for the viewers to react with an immediate emotional response. I cannot imagine anyone watching this picture and not having some type of reaction to it. Swedish and French language was spoken with English subtitles.


3 1/2 stars


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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on January 6, 2015, in Foreign and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. Oh shoot, it has subtitles. My husband won’t watch subtitled films because of his bifocals, he says they are too hard to read at the bottom of the screen. I’ll save this to watch myself if it ever comes out on DVD or streaming. Thanks for the review!

    • I’m disappointed you husband cannot read subtitles–or is the real reason the movie’s subject. Just kidding. No matter how you see this film, it is absolutely worth the time.

      • Oh, and no it is not the subject matter either. My husband is an avid skier and taught skiing for over 10 years and also got his photo on the front page of the Portland Oregonian newspaper skiing/jumping off the backside of our local mountain in Bend, OR!

      • Then I suggest you watch this on VOD and you can read the subtitles to him. Can you do different voices? lol

  2. I’m not a fan of the melodramas, it’s been my experience that when it comes to a traumatic situations a persons reaction isn’t always what they think it will be or plan it to be.

  3. This movie has not blipped on my radar but based on your review I will need to keep an eye out for it.

  4. I really like this movie and have a review of it going up later today. Piercing film with such technique behind it. As you said, it’s impossible not to have a reaction to it.

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed this film as much as I did. Also, you did a great review of it. Happy new year to you and may 2015 offer us a bevy of good films. Good health and happiness to you Keith.

  5. I liked the dry humour in the trailer immediately – especially the ‘Are you really crying?’ scene. So is the second half of the film about their reaction to how they reacted just after the avalanche? What is the main cause of conflict, the avalanche and events surrounding it or just the characters in general?

    • I wish I could answer your questions but I try to give as little info as possible, so the viewer can start out with a clean slate. Let me just say the humor is a small part of the film and family dynamics come into heavy play. I believe this film can be seen via VOD. I really would like you to see it and let me know your thoughts after.

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