A bourgeois Swedish family – attractive thirtysomething parents (Johannes Kuhnke and Lisa Loven Kongsli) and their two young children – check in at a posh French ski resort for a five-day holiday in the snow. Early in the trip, the family is surprised by a terrifying but nonlethal avalanche during lunch. How the father reacts during those few snowblind seconds… read more!
Movies Directed by Ruben Östlund (in alphabetical order)
After gently skewering Scandinavian masculinity in his intimate 2014 dramedy Force Majeure, writer/director Östlund expands his scope to explore the complexities of a changing Europe in The Square. Danish actor Claes Bang stars as the aptly-named Christian, the vain director of a contemporary art museum in Stockholm, whose mixed feelings about Sweden's lower castes – immigrants and the homeless, mostly –… read more!
Carl (Harris Dickinson) is the de facto protagonist of Triangle of Sadness, in that he is the only middle-class character in the film. A well-meaning if dull male model from England, Carl is told early on by a fashion mogul that he has a "triangle of sadness" – that is, a crease between his eyebrows – which, it is inferred,… read more!