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On 2/3/2018 2:07 PM, SLGreg wrote:
> On Sat, 3 Feb 2018 13:54:54 -0500, moviePig<pwallace@moviepig.com>
> wrote:
> 
>> On 2/3/2018 8:31 AM, SLGreg wrote:
>>> My first venture into the foreign nominees for best picture didn't
>>> disappoint.  Ruben Ostlund (FORCE MAJEURE) tackles the world of high
>>> art, class distinctions, and man's increasing isolation and lack of
>>> humanity.
>>>    
>>> Christian (Claes Bang), is the curator of a modern art museum in
>>> Stockholm.  Pretentious and smug, he bullshits his way through life,
>>> basically getting what he wants on charm alone. The plot (somewhat)
>>> centers around a controversial You Tube video that gets mistakenly
>>> released, putting Christian's future in jeopardy.
>>>
>>> At 2.5 hours long, it's a marathon of odd sub plots and Scandinavian
>>> weirdness, including Elizabeth Moss as an American journalist, with a
>>> pet ape.
>>>
>>> Enjoy!
>>
>> Though unplanned, I watched it two sittings, which probably helped.  (I
>> didn't know it was the FORCE MAJEURE guy -- that would've helped, too.)
>> Fwiw, the DVD has a 10-minute making-of on just the dining-room sequence
>> -- which nevertheless sheds some light on the whole movie, imo.
> 
> The dining-room sequence was brilliant and, I feel, kind of summed up
> what Ostlund was most interested in communicating to us.

Fwiw, the actor without lines get secondary (i.e., top four) billing, 
along with Elisabeth Moss and Dominic West.

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