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7.3
/10
866 Ratings

Involuntary

De ofrivilliga

Directed by Ruben Östlund
Sweden, 2008
Comedy, Drama

Synopsis

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
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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Östlund’s cool, unemphatic compositions are uniformly beautiful, allowing your eye to edit the unpredictable action on its own, as the pulses of narrative avoid clear-cut thematic takeaway. Involuntary doesn’t simplify its stories into a single point of view or idea; rather, Östlund is merely visiting these high-pressure moments in which Swedish culture frays, melts down, and betrays its ultra-civilized idea of itself.
January 13, 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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