Play

“A deliberately provoked racial incident, based on numerous similar real life transgressions, is played for all it’s worth in Play. Swedish writer/director Östlund employs mesmerizing visual strategies to relate a disturbing tale of how five savvy African immigrant boys in Gothenburg take advantage of the liberal guilt and placating temperament of three local kids to rob them and take them for a ride to unknown destinations. Social, racial, and political credos are twisted, pulled inside out, and stood on their heads by this bracing and confronting work, which will challenge the assumptions of many a viewer. Play poses more questions than it answers as it lays bare attitudes lurking beneath the surface tranquility of Scandinavian life—a peacefulness that can sometimes be tragically shattered.”—New York Film Festival.

Genres: Drama

Other Films by Ruben Östlund

Maria Lundqvist

Involuntary

In this brilliant comedy of Swedish manners, Östlund offers five inter-set stories in which respect for authority is challenged. Whether focused on a famous actress unwilling to admit guilt or teens exploring their sexuality via webcam, the film’s segments pose questions about group mentality and social influences. Tensions mount as each character is pressed to

Erik Rutström, skåd

The Guitar Mongoloid

“One of the quirkiest Swedish films of recent memory, Östlund’s film has all the makings of a cult classic. Defying traditional norms of storytelling, it presents a dark but also humorous depiction of a society with lonely people and sudden outbursts of violence. In each sequence, the camera remains in a fixed position, recording events

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Force Majeure

Picture-perfect Swedes Tomas, Ebba, and their two kids are enjoying a pleasant family getaway at a French ski resort, until an avalanche strikes. Although everyone walks away unharmed, Tomas’ gut reaction to the incident shakes his marriage to its core. Filled with wicked humor and piercing satire, Östlund’s chilling comedy of manners won the Un