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793 Ratings


De ofrivilliga

Directed by Ruben Östlund
Sweden, 2008
Comedy, Drama


It’s almost summer in Sweden and minor indiscretions and misbehavior abound. Leffe likes to show off for his friends and play salacious pranks, especially when he’s drinking.

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Involuntary Directed by Ruben Östlund
By 2008’s sophomore effort, Involuntary, Östlund’s clinical behaviorist style is fully formed. The film is a succession of discreet fishbowl compositions in which group dynamics are observable in several disparate, intercut scenarios, connected only thematically…
January 17, 2015
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Charting in cyclical fashion a series of five unrelated vignettes, Östlund’s sophomore feature, Involuntary (2008), is at once one of his most conceptually sturdy and downright funny films… There may be a dose of irrationality linking these and many of Östlund’s other stories, but nary a sense of superiority on his behalf.
January 13, 2015
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The bitterly funny, multistrand “Involuntary,” from 2008, is a step forward in the director’s ambition… In all of his films, Mr. Ostlund employs vehicles of transit — buses, trains, trams — as spaces for examining the power (or futility) of public surveillance. Deep focus lets him capture multiple planes at once, showing actions and reactions in the same shot.
January 13, 2015
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