Involuntary (De Ofrivilliga)
Involuntary (De Ofrivilliga) (2008)

Filmmaker Ruben Ostlund offers five stories of how human behavior can be interpreted in different ways by different people in this omnibus feature from Sweden. A bus driver (Henrik Vikman) who has pulled over for a routine rest stop… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 28, 2008
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Critic Score: 76% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Trevor Johnston
Time Out

Östlund's single-shot scenes supply their own beady-eyed concentration, encouraging us to work a bit more. Little by little, it becomes clear the vignettes are chosen to illustrate the fault lines in everyday behaviour.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

It feels a little random and scattershot, but watching it is a deeply haunting experience.

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Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

With wit dry as bone and satire that cuts down to it, Östlund builds a picture of morality in shades of grey.

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Adam Ross
The Aristocrat

The definitive moment of this film was when I decided what I was going to order at Starbucks after the credits rolled.

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Daily Express

An inventive and often offbeat mosaic of human weakness.

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David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]

What does it all mean? I have no idea, and I wonder if director/co-writer Ruben Östlund did either.

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James Howard
Film4

An interesting, imaginative effort from a fresh Swedish director.

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Alistair Harkness
Scotsman

The intricacies and relevance of some of the cultural references may be lost in translation, but the behaviour of the characters is fairly universal and the cast of unknowns do creditable, believable work.

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Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

Admirers of Todd Solondz's cinema of discomfort will find much to cringe at in this excellent dark comedy from Sweden.

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Flixster Audience Score: 60% Flixster User Reviews
Gordon A
Original vision of curious swedish vignettes which concludes little but intrigues at times.