“The truth is when reality is staring you in the face and you’re afraid to die, very few of us are heroic."
It’s time for another Listener’s Choice episode, this time with our friends Per Johansson and Gustav Larsed from the Filmpodden podcast in Sweden. They selected something from the home country — Ruben Östlund’s 2014 film “Force Majeure.” Join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — as we take on the icy slopes to discuss this avalanche of emotion. We talk with Per and Gustav about why they picked this film and what it means to them, as well as why they’re so divided on it. We discuss our own thoughts of this film, why we like it so much, and how much tension it created in us in the third act. We chat about the performances, notably Johannes Kuhnke, Lisa Loven Kongsli and Kristofer Hivju, and what they all bring to the film. We look at the cinematography of the film and how it portrays so brilliantly — and clinically — nature and man’s battle with it. And we try to figure out several strange and pivotal moments within the film. It’s a truly fascinating character piece that seems to divide viewers quite a bit. So check out the film then tune in!
- Original theatrical trailer
- Original poster artwork
- Les Arcs Ski Resort, France
- Copperhill Mountain Lodge, Sweden