A critical favorite and word-of-mouth sensation at this
year's Cannes 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.
Official submission of Sweden to the best foreign language film
category of the 87th Academy Awards 2015.