The Williams Lake Film Club will show the long awaited film Force Majeure on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at the Gibraltar Room.
Back doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.
This film is a co-production from Sweden, France, Norway, Denmark and languages are Swedish, English, French, Norwegian, with English subtitles.
All these countries, all these languages, so very European.
Running time is 120 min., rated PG 13. It was submitted to the best foreign language film category of the 87th Academy Awards 2015 and made the shortlist of nine films. It was released in 2014.
This film has been requested by several members in our audience and we are glad to bring it to you.
A critical favourite and word-of-mouth sensation at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, where it took the Jury Prize in “Un Certain Regard,” this wickedly funny and precisely observed psychodrama tells the story of a model Swedish family — handsome businessman Tomas, his willowy wife Ebba and their two blond, pre-teen children — on a skiing holiday in the French Alps. The sun is shining and the slopes are spectacular but, during lunch at a mountainside restaurant, an avalanche turns everything upside down. With panicked diners fleeing in all directions, Ebba calls out for her husband as she tries to protect their children. Tomas, however, makes a decision that will shake the family’s world to its core. Although the anticipated disaster fails to occur, his marriage now hangs in the balance as he struggles to reclaim his role as family patriarch.
This film is about a perfect modern family with means. They have earned their holidays in the beautiful skiing resort, they deserve their time together in this upscale place. Their life is orderly and perfect, right down to the ritual of brushing their teeth with these darn noisy electric tooth brushes.
Even the mountains are manicured, the slopes carefully tended with snow-making machines and the booming reports of cannons fired at the resort to set off controlled avalanches.
This illusion of control and its subsequent undoing is what gives Force Majeure such a black kick. That and the darn tooth brushes.
This film is called a comedy, but be forewarned, there are not many actual jokes. The joke is that people take themselves far too seriously.
This is certainly a very interesting film, very different from any other — and thus fits right into our repertoire. Expect the unexpected.
Did you realize that this motto has been taken over by some other film festivals? Hey, we were first, some years ago.
We even had it on our membership cards but I gave it up when others started to copy us.
I also would like to remind you that the monies raised through our film club is used to support the LDA, Williams Lake Chapter of the Association for Students with Learning Disabilities.
If you have or know of a child in need please call 250-398-9149 for more information.
Admission is $9 at the door, $ 8 for Film Club members, $6 for seniors (65-plus) and students, high school and TRU.