A FORCE TO BE RECK­ONED WITH

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Film -

PERTH au­di­ences fi­nally get to see Force Ma­jeure on the tail end of its Os­car snub and the leaked footage of its di­rec­tor break­ing down after the best for­eign film nom­i­nees were an­nounced (mi­nus his film).

While the gen­uine­ness of the footage is hazy (there is spec­u­la­tion it was made for laughs), it is a re­ac­tion that mir­rors a pow­er­ful mo­ment in his film where a man falls into a sob­bing heap - an hon­est and raw dis­play of male vul­ner­a­bil­ity when pushed to an emo­tional limit.

A split decision made by To­mas (Jo­hannes Kuhnke) dur­ing a po­ten­tially life threat­en­ing mo­ment (that turns out to be a false alarm) throws a span­ner in the works of his mar­riage to Ebba (Lisa Loven Kongsli) while on va­ca­tion at a ski re­sort with their two young chil­dren.

Their ver­sions of the event dif­fer, but it trou­bles Ebba and it fes­ters un­til break­ing point and dirty laun­dry is aired, of­ten in front of their friends and re­sort ac­quain­tances.

De­spite the Os­car nom­i­na­tion snub, Force Ma­jeure is an im­pec­ca­bly put to­gether char- ac­ter study and ex­plo­ration of mar­riage, gen­der roles and male ego sparked by one small gut re­ac­tion.

What is im­pres­sive is that this tale of se­ri­ous and in­trigu­ing ob­ser­va­tions is told with hu­mour, al­low­ing us to laugh with the char­ac­ters as they go through their emo­tional tur­moil.

Force Ma­jeure puts mar­riage un­der the mi­cro­scope and forces us to look at our own roles in a re­la­tion­ship.

■ Force is screen­ing as part of Perth In­ter­na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val from Jan­uary 27 to Fe­bru­ary 8.

Kristofer Hivju and Jo­hannes Kuhnke star in ForceMa­jeure.

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