• 2008
  • Sweden
  • 1h 41min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Ruben Östlund
  • Written by: Ruben Östlund, Erik Hemmendorff
  • Cast: Maria Lundqvist, Leif Edlund, Olle Lijas
  • Language: Swedish

A thoughtful and perceptive film from Sweden that uses five everyday unconnected stories to interrogate group mentality and explore what happens when an individual stands in opposition to the norm.

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Involuntary - Ruben Östlund profile

27 Oct 2010

Swedish director of feature that explores group behaviour via five parallel stories

Name Ruben Östlund Born Styrsö, Sweden, 1974 Background Ruben Östlund was born on Styrsö, a small island off the west coast of Sweden. He initially became involved in filmmaking through his passion for downhill skiing, and in the late nineties made…


22 Oct 20103 stars

(15) 98min In contrast to recent high drama hits from Sweden (Let the Right One In, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Ruben Östlund’s quiet and thoughtful film Involuntary concentrates on the small conflicts of everyday life. Five unconnected stories…

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