Force Majeure ★★★★

Sparse and deliberate filmmaking contrasts with tumultuous characters to tell a tight story about marital insecurity. I admire Östlund's ability to draw out so much tension and meaning from an otherwise simple premise. And it ends with enough ambiguity to invite further contemplation. For me, it was a hopeful story that taught a cautionary lesson about patience and forgiveness. My only notch was that there seemed to be some false climaxes in the narrative structure that slowed the momentum once I realized it wasn't over. Not a big issue though, and it's still a really well-written, well-performed story that makes a lot out of a little.