FORCE MAJEURE (2014, sWEDEN)

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FORCE MAJEURE (2014, sWEDEN)

Post by Wallace on Tue Dec 15, 2015 8:47 pm

A very, very slow film but one with a rather unique (to film, that is) theme.

The backnotes on the dvd call this "wickedly funny". I saw no humour in this at all - if so, then the Swedes have a very strange sense of humour.

A Swede family is on 5 day sking vacation in the French Alps. They are sitting outside on the  alpine restauraunt upper deck when on the ski runs  the explosions go off to stimulate an avalanche. A controlled avalanche. The resultant avalanche seems to be headed straight for the restauraunt and the  vacationers eating outside start to panic as the atmosphere is getting all white and foggy.
But this movie is NOT about the "force majeure " of nature - it proves to be a false alarm - looking much worse than it really was. It was just the far  front fluffy end of the avalanche that made it to the atmosphere alone about the restaurant.

The force majeure here is that of the human mind - how we are all prone to let usually trifling things get the better of us; how the human mind allows certain niggling thoughts to completely worry and eat us up (with resultant ulcers). We allow ourselves to get stuck in some insane rut-mode of thought. And how it is hard to put out of mind - always nagging in the background, if not the front.

So what has this to do with the film, you ask.
Well, during this "avalanche" the father turns and runs to the doors, completely disregarding his wife and kids.

This later begins to prey on the wife, Ebba's, mind.
She brings it up to the husband, first privately then in front of theior friends - shaming him. He holds on to his pride and maintains she blew the situation all out of proportion / that he knew right then that it was not a life-threatening situation.
Ebba says its all caught on cell phone and plays the viddy back to the friends. Its clear the hubby was running away.
The hubby's friend - a psychiatrist - trys to tone it down, saying it all happened in a second and how would anyone react? That basic survival mode always sets in . This is normal. He sites a recent Estonian boat tradgedy where the boat was sinking and only 125 out of 350 survived during the  resultant stampede - over the bodies of the aged and children - to safety.

The wife accepts this self- survival animal instinct theory, saying all the same that she would under no circumstances abandon her young children. She states her problem is not the cowardice so much as the hubby making slight of it all.

Next day the husband and wife go on separate ski-ings.

But this is eating away at the husband inside,
The  psychiatrist and girlfriend take these disturbing thoughts on their shoulders then - to the point that they cannot have sex that night and the girlfriend is at him as to how he could have stood up for the friend like that and not taken Ebba's side.

Finally the husband breaks down in a very moving scene beefwhore his children, sobbing to the wife that "you're not the only victim here. I am victim to my instincts."


4th day of vacation the whole family goes out to ski but it gets very foggy, bright whiteout conditions. The wife manages to separate herself from family and is heard to cry out for help. The husband goes to find her in the white mirk and bring her back to safety and the children. Everyone including the children know the wife faked it all, BUT ITS ENOUGH TO SET THINGS BACK AS THEY WERE and return the father to role of family patriarch.

On the 5th and last day they are on a tourbus on the scary mountain road . The bus is full of tourists. The driver seems to be having a tough time of negociating the curves -or he is drunk 9its not made clear. Ebba demands they all be let out of the bus. It stops precariously close to the edge. People start panicking as they had on the restaurant terrace but the psychiatrist by sheer force of command orders them to leave the bus as civilized persons, women & children first.

I found the simple, unspoken ending to the movie to be very moving. I wont tell you it or attempt my idea of the meaning (since Ive already given all the film away.)

This film reminds me of that other great shaming scene in cinema :the movie "Lord Jim" where Peter O'toole gets his first command of a boat - an old beater on its last legs carrying a  load of a hundred muslims to Mecca. It appears the boat is going to sink in a severe storm and newly-made captain Jim abandons it . When he makes it to the next port the boat is there - brought to safe harbor by the muslims.
Imagine the shame.
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Re: FORCE MAJEURE (2014, sWEDEN)

Post by Guest on Wed Dec 16, 2015 12:30 am

lol!
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It is a joke innit ?
You writing all that shit for us to ignore ? scratch

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Post by Wallace on Wed Dec 16, 2015 6:32 pm

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Post by Karnevil9 on Wed Dec 16, 2015 6:36 pm

Is this film as crap as the TD record of the same title Walesch?

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