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Davidson Film Club Presents “Force Majeure”

by | Feb 23, 2021 | Arts & Entertainment, Bottom Left Box, Davidson Film Club

Dear Davidson Film Club Members and Friends,

The Davidson Film Club is pleased to invite you to a discussion of the Swedish hit film, Force majeure, a Golden Globes-nominated Best Foreign Language Film.

“Gleefully uncomfortable, Force Majeure is a relationship drama that’s hard to watch — and just as difficult to ignore.” Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

Directed by Ruben Östland

Sweden (2017, 2h)

In Swedish with English subtitles

This is the second film in our second virtual series,running from January to June 2021.

We will discuss Force majeure on Zoom on Saturday, February 27, at 7:00 p.m.

To join the Zoom meeting, click on the link below:

Discussion will be led by Dr. Sean McKeever, Chair and Professor of Philosophy at Davidson College.

There is no membership fee for this program, only, at most, the modest cost of the on-line film rental that yields no revenue to the Davidson Film Club.

Force majeure is available FOR FREE on Kanopy if you have a public library card, by mail from Netflix if you are a subscriber, or may be rented on Vudu for $2.99 at:

Film Summary:

This wickedly funny and precisely observed psychodrama tells the story of a model Swedish family—handsome businessman Tomas, his willowy wife Ebba, and their two blond, pre-teen children—on a skiing holiday in the French Alps. The sun is shining, and the slopes are spectacular but, during lunch at a mountainside restaurant, an avalanche turns everything upside down. With panicked diners fleeing in all directions, Ebba calls out for her husband as she tries to protect their children. Tomas, however, makes a decision that will shake the family’s world to its core. Although the anticipated disaster fails to occur, his marriage now hangs in the balance as he struggles to reclaim his role as family patriarch.

Best Director award at the Cannes Film Festival, Best FL Film at the Chicago, North Carolina, St. Louis, Toronto, and Washington, D.C. film festivals. 31 wins and 38 nominations in all, including Best Director, Best Film, Best FL Film, Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay, and Best Editing.

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 94%.

“It’s a satire in the best straight-faced manner of Luis Bunuel’s European tenure.” M. Faust, The Public (Buffalo)

“Östlund and his superb cast have made an odd, gripping movie. Let it rock your world.” Charlotte O’Sullivan, London Evening Standard

“Ruben Östlund’s icily disturbing family drama, set in an upscale ski resort in the French Alps, is a disaster movie without a disaster.” Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

“Like the avalanche, it follows an unpredictable trajectory, traversing the edge of drama and comedy, as we appreciate the strange beauty of losing our bearings.”  Brian D. Johnson, Maclean’s Magazine

“Acting is uniformly great, the players conveying as much of their struggles using body language as with words, while Ostlund’s white-out scenery is both majestic and alienating.”  JulieCrawford, North Shore News (Vancouver)


Audience Review:

“Gripping, funny and stark exploration of gender roles and archetypes through conversations and situations that feel real and empathetic.”

Our updated website at features the whole current series and film descriptions. Have youBookmarked it?

We are a non-profit, tax-exempt organization run by volunteers that only exists to bring you fine international fiction films and engage in stimulating discussion about them.

Hope to see many of you on Zoom on Saturday, Feb. 27, for the discussion of this entrancing film! Share the Zoom link with your friends! There is no charge by the Film Club, and there is room for everyone!


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Alan Singerman
President, Davidson Film Club
[email protected]
(704) 231-6736

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