A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH
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.