#FilmFriday - Force Majeur (2014)

Such a beautifully shot film. I love how the film is interlaced with shots of the routine functions of the ski resort. Funny, awkward, and understated.


Force Majeure ([fɔrs maʒœr]SwedishTurist, "tourist") is a 2014 Swedish comedy-drama film directed by Ruben Östlund. It follows the marital tension resulting from an avalanche during which the husband, named Tomas, is believed by his wife to have prioritized his own escape over the safety of his family. The film's title comes from force majeure, a contractual clause freeing both parties from liability in the event of unexpected disasters.

Force Majeure was acclaimed upon release, with critics praising its script and cinematography. It won the Best Film award at the 50th Guldbagge Awards, and was named one of the best films of 2014 by various publications.

  • Director Ruben Östlund acquired inspiration for some scenes in the screenplay from real footage on YouTube. For example, the avalanche which serves as a momentum early in the story was inspired by a video Östlund found on YouTube, and a performance by a 12-year-old accordionist of Vivaldi's "Summer" was taken directly from a YouTube clip and played repeatedly throughout the film.
  • Ironically for a winter film, the recurring main music theme of the movie is from Antonio Vivaldi's Summer Concerto.
  • Official submission of Sweden to the best foreign language film category of the 87th Academy Awards 2015. Made the shortlist of 9 films.
  • A year after its release, Fox Searchlight had already acquired the remake rights of the film.
  • The movie was shot in the Alps station Les Arcs. At the end, the family exits a tunnel named "access to Charvet shops" which belongs to this station (where cars are forbidden hence the bus episode).