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'Force Majeure,' a devastating Swedish satire, dissects masculine hang-ups

'Force Majeure,' a devastating Swedish satire, dissects masculine hang-ups

This slow-burning marriage drama starts out like a luxury travel-magazine ad for vacation porn. Healthy, lovely Swedish couple Tomas (Johannes Kuhnke) and Ebba (Lisa Loven Kongsli) and their healthy, lovely kids Vera (Clara Wettergren) and Harry (Vincent Wettergren) go on a ski holiday in the French Alps, where the snow is powder thick and gallery-wall white. After their first day of skiing, they all crash in nearly identical thermals in the big bed of their posh room. Östlund cuts these scenes with brief coverage shots of activity in and around the resort scored to an effervescent snippet of Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons,” which feels like a champagne-bottle opening to convey the good...

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