Film Review: Force Majeure (15)

Force majeure
Force majeure
Filmmakers Matthew Harrison and Summer Greenwood on the set of their short film, Son of Perdition Picture: Nathan Valentine

City filmmakers gear up to shoot next project after sealing cash grant from top international festival judges

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Ruben Östlund’s latest darkly humorous film reflects on the tenuous bonds that keep well-heeled couple Tomas and Ebba and their two children functioning as an apparently loving, cohesive family unit.

When an avalanche threatens to engulf the family during their skiing holiday, Tomas abandons them to run to safety. Although disaster is averted, this moment of betrayal has far-reaching consequences, and Ebba starts to question Tomas’s role in the family. Tomas is in denial about what happened, but raw instinct has forever shattered the ice of familial normality.

when: 7pm, tonight (Friday, May 22)

where: No.6 Cinema, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard