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THE FILMS OF RUBEN ÖSTLUND
JANUARY–MARCH 2015 **** EXTENDED THROUGH APRIL 14
INVOLUNTARY (De ofrivilliga, 2008)
De ofrivilliga, 2008, 98m, Sweden
Swedish with English Subtitles
with Villmar Björkman, Maria Lundqvist, Linnea Cart-Lamy, Sara Eriksson, Cecilia Milocco, Leif Edlund Johansson
cinematography: Marius Dybwad Brandrud; produced by Erik Hemmendorff (also co-writer of screenplay)
Described by Östlund as “a tragic comedy or a comic tragedy,” the director’s second feature examines group dynamics and the dark side of human nature in five tales of social discord. In one, a teacher sees a colleague carry discipline too far and mentions the act in the staff room, with startling consequences. In another, a party host, afraid of losing face, unwisely neglects an injury. Two parallel stories detail groupthink among young men and women respectively. Co-written with Östlund’s long-time producer Erik Hemmendorff, and inspired by personal experiences, Involuntary situates the viewer inside each social powder keg, where recognition and uneasy laughter coalesce.
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