Downhill

US remake of “Force Majeure” about a family on a winter vacation who is spared from an avalanche disaster, but after which nothing is as it used to be.
The Staunton family of four is going on a winter holiday. Pete (Will Ferrell), his wife Billie (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and the two children make the snow-covered ski slopes unsafe until they barely escape an avalanche accident.
But instead of bringing his family to safety, Pete grabs his smartphone and takes flight. This raises questions especially for Billie. It is time for the couple to rediscover their own lives and, above all, their relationship. Is there another chance for the two or was it the last vacation together?
The film is a remake of the Swedish box office hit “Force Majeure” by Ruben Östlund from 2014. Nat Faxon and Jim Rash are responsible for the direction and script. “Downhill” is the first film to be released under the “Searchlight Pictures” label, ie after the purchase of Disney.
In front of the camera we see familiar faces from the comedy field such as Will Ferrell (“Stranger than Fiction”), his film wife plays Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep – The Vice President”), as well as Miranda Otto (“The Chilling Adventures.” of Sabrina ”), Zoe Chao (“ Strangers ”) and Zack Woods (“ Silicon Valley ”).
The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and has already been released in the United States. The English-language criticism has so far been rather mediocre, as evaluation platforms such as Rotten Tomatoes show. It will probably take a while until we can get an idea of ​​the film in Germany (see theatrical release).

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