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Force Majeure
January 2021

"Look for this very original picture as a possible Best Foreign Film Oscar nominee. A ski trip snowballs into disaster." Jordan Hoffman, NY Daily News

- Jordan Hoffman, NY Daily News

Force Majeure
January 2021

"A brittle black comedy that has plenty to say about modern manhood and the human survival instinct."-David Hughes, Empire

- David Hughes, Empire

Force Majeure
January 2021

"It is a film that makes your murmur in amazement as you watch and then brood on the dangerous corners in all our lives. It’s a quiet avalanche."-David Edelstein, Vulture

- David Edelstein, Vulture

Force Majeure
January 2021

"It is a film that makes your murmur in amazement as you watch and then brood on the dangerous corners in all our lives. It’s a quiet avalanche."-David Edelstein, Vulture

- David Edelstein, Vulture

Force Majeure
January 2021

"It is a film that makes your murmur in amazement as you watch and then brood on the dangerous corners in all our lives. It’s a quiet avalanche."-David Edelstein, Vulture

- David Edelstein, Vulture

Force Majeure

Force Majeure

Date: January 10, 2021

Location: Virtual


Force Majeure (French: [fɔrs maʒœr]; Swedish: Turist, "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 title used for the film in some English-speaking countries comes from force majeure, a contractual clause freeing both parties from liability in the event of unexpected disasters.

 

The video presentation and discussion are free and open to the public and begin at 2:00pm on Sunday, January 10, 2021 (virtual)

 A video presentation by a film scholar takes place on the Sunday date listed above, after viewers watch the film on their own during the week prior to each presentation and online discussion.  Supplemental material about the context of each film, along with other interesting information related to each, will be available to attendees.   Films are available free to Grand Rapids Public Library cardholders (and many other libraries and universities) via Kanopy or similar databases.  Individuals can also find many of the films on commercial streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and others.  In lieu of an in-person reception following the event, we're excited to partner with area restaurants to provide discounts on takeout/delivery items reflecting regional cuisine of the film's origin.  

Video Commentary for Force Majeure

Film Introduction/Moderator: Spencer Everhart

 

More about Chiaroscuro's 15th Season

2021 Series Theme: Greatest Hits-A Virtual Voyage through the Past

Due to Covid19, Chiaroscuro is going virtual!  We embrace this opportunity to celebrate 15 years of exceptional international cinema and cultural exchange.

We've selected five popular films from our archives, if you didn't see them the first time around, now is your chance.  If you did see them, you know how good they and are likely ready to experience them again!

All films are available for viewing online.  We look forward to each presenter's video introduction and commentary about the films, made available on the website, and lively online discussion with our engaging patrons every other Sunday via social media.  In this unusual time, one thing remains the same for fifteen years straight:  the 2021 series presents an award-winning roster of five celebrated films from around the world. 

 


Reviews

"Look for this very original picture as a possible Best Foreign Film Oscar nominee. A ski trip snowballs into disaster." Jordan Hoffman, NY Daily News

- Jordan Hoffman, NY Daily News

"A brittle black comedy that has plenty to say about modern manhood and the human survival instinct."-David Hughes, Empire

- David Hughes, Empire

"It is a film that makes your murmur in amazement as you watch and then brood on the dangerous corners in all our lives. It’s a quiet avalanche."-David Edelstein, Vulture

- David Edelstein, Vulture

Force Majeure Official Trailer

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