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Turist

Tomas, Ebba and their children are sitting on the terrace of their luxury hotel at a ski resort in the Swiss Alps and watch as an avalanche erupts. It comes closer and panic breaks out. Ebba grabs the kids. Tomas flees... Once the dust settles, the ...

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Tomas (Johannes Kuhnke), Ebba (Lisa Loven Kongsli), and their two children are on a ski vacation in a luxury resort in the French Alps. They are attractive, well-off, and seemingly at peace with the world. On the second day of the trip Tomas’s loyalty to his family is challenged and things can never go back to what they once were. The majestic alpine setting and reoccurring Vivaldi concerto are fitting for the grande family melodrama that unfolds.

Small, innocuous lies seem far darker in hindsight and Tomas’s defiant stubbornness and emotional incompetence become absolutely exasperating. TURIST is a highly intelligent deconstruction of masculinity and the woes of those that live their life adhering to an image that, in actuality, does not exist. The narrative of a secretly damaged picture-perfect family has long become conventional yet director Ruben Östlund is attempting something far more hard-hitting. Like a less didactic Michael Haneke and a colder Louis C.K. he is relentless in showing the ugly, the vulnerable, and the uncomfortable truths that reside in us. TURIST is the opposite of comforting and it’s all the better for it.

Elinor Lewy

Credits

Original title: Turist
Schweden 2014, 118 min
Language: Swedish
Genre: Tragicomedy
Director: Ruben Östlund
Author: Ruben Östlund
DOP: Fredrik Wenzel, Fred Arne Wergeland
Montage: Jacob Secher Schulsinger
Distributor: Alamode Filmverleih
Cast: Kristofer Hivju, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Johannes Kuhnke, Clara Wettergren, Vincent Wettergren
Release: 20.11.2014

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  • OV Original version
  • OmU Original with German subtitles
  • OmeU Original with English subtitles
English/with English subtitles
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