Tuesday, 21 October 2014

FORCE MAJEURE (TURIST)

A family on a ski holiday in the French Alps find themselves staring down an avalanche during lunch one day; in the aftermath, their dynamic has been shaken to its core, with a question mark hanging over their patriarch in particular. — IMDB

A very intriguing psychological study of gender roles, family loyalty, and the bonds that hold families together. While it is a very gentle film, even low points in the movie are deeply engaging as the physical environment is used to great effect along with the nuanced performances. The child actors are also good, demonstrating the potent effects adult emotions can have on children. This is truly an intelligent, adult film. A touch long, perhaps, but the acting is superb as the two main protagonists take us on their internal emotional journeys. If you are looking for something profound and provocative, take a look at this one.

****1/2

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