Force Majeure (Turist) (★★★★ Empire Review)

ForceMajeureSquarePLOT During an Alpine ski holiday, happily married father of two Tomas (Kuhnke) attempts to save his own skin when an avalanche threatens his family, throwing his marriage – and his manhood – into question.

This devious Swedish drama, shortlisted for the Oscars and an award winner in Cannes, suggests that infidelity isn’t the only catalyst for a marriage’s sudden decline. Here, a father of two throws his marriage, his manhood and his mind into chaos when he instinctively legs it as an avalanche cascades towards his family during an otherwise idyllic Alpine ski holiday. What ensues is a brittle black comedy that has plenty to say about modern manhood and the human survival instinct, and is likely to leave the audience with a lot of questions – chiefly what they would (or might) do in the same situation.

VERDICT This brittle black comedy, perhaps inspired by George Costanza’s shameful “fire escape” episode on Seinfeld, is about as entertaining as think pieces get.  ★★★★


About David Hughes: Published Work

Empire and Time Out film critic, screenwriter of award-winning drama "Where the Road Runs Out", and MD of movie marketing agency Synchronicity, and author of books about Kubrick, Lynch and films that were never made.

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