Tag Archives: Force Majeure

October 30

The Square

The standout scene in Ruben Östlund’s latest satire The Square involves a performance artist (Terry Notary) mimicking an ape at a black-tie fundraiser. The guests are amused at first as the muscular figure beats his chest and stares down those in his path. The assertion of dominance quickly descends down a dark path as the […]

September 15

TIFF 2015: Bird Hearts

The fragile nature of the male ego is the subject of Halfdan Olav Ullmann Tøndel’s wonderful short film Bird Hearts. The narrative focuses on Benjamin (André Sørum), a man who is days away from turning 26 and has no set career plans. Unlike his younger brother Tobias (Steinar Klouman Hallert), who is visiting while on […]

January 05

CAST Awards Crowns Boyhood Best Film of 2014

Established in 2010, the Cinema Appreciation Society of Toronto has been described as a ragtag group of semi-professional film bloggers, podcasters, tweeters and TIFF Lightbox lobby loiterers. What unites them all is a love for cinema and for the cinema culture in their city. Drawing from the massive pool of more than 500 theatrically released […]

December 28

Top Ten Films of 2014

2014 was a fantastic year for cinema! There was truly an abundance of riches to choose from. Below are the titles that left the biggest mark on me. To be eligible for a spot on this list a film had to either have a theatrical/VOD release in 2014, or screen at one of the local […]

October 30

Force Majeure

Set within the lush backdrop of the French Alps, director Ruben Östlund’s Force Majeure is a fascinating study of a family relationship on the brink of collapse. On a much needed vacation, Ebba (Lisa Loven Kongsli), her workaholic husband Tomas (Johannes Kuhnke) and their kids (Clara Wettergren and Vincent Wettergren) have dedicated five days of […]