Don’t be put off by the subtitles, because this stylishly unsettling, thought-provoking Swedish drama will have you debating its characters’ behaviour as soon as the credits roll.
Model-perfect couple Tomas and Ebba are on a skiing holiday in the French Alps with their two young children when an avalanche suddenly threatens the family. But it is the couple’s marriage that is put in peril by Tomas’s panicky reaction to the apparent disaster. Director Ruben Östlund sticks the knife into the alpha male ego as the couple wrangle over what happened, accompanying the talk with some darkly funny moments.
Östlund’s Palme d’Or-winning new film The Square, starring Elisabeth Moss and Dominic West, opens in UK cinemas later this month.