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Directed by Ruben Östlund • 2008 • Sweden
Starring Villmar Björkman, Linnea Cart-Lamy, Leif Edlund
Ruben Östlund explores uneasy social dynamics through five darkly humorous, profoundly unsettlingly vignettes in his multichapter sophomore feature, which he has called “a tragic comedy or a comic tragedy.” From a party host too proud to treat a nasty fireworks injury to a teacher placed in the middle of an uncomfortable situation when she observes a colleague mistreating a student, INVOLUNTARY is a fearless expression of Östlund’s recurring interest in issues of public morality, codes of masculinity, and the tension between the individual and the group.