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: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Ben Kenigsberg
New York Times

Begins as a free-floating portrait of mischief and compulsion ...

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Elise Nakhnikian
Slant Magazine

It concerns how our compulsion to construct and comply with an acceptable public face can make us act against our own instincts and self-interest.

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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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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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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 (UK)

An inventive and often offbeat mosaic of human weakness.

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Scott Tobias
The Dissolve

Östlund's films are like controlled experiments in which he applies some form of intense external pressure and watches how his characters alter their behavior in kind.

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James Howard

An interesting, imaginative effort from a fresh Swedish director.

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Alistair Harkness

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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Flixster Audience Score: 59% Flixster User Reviews
Gordon Anderson
Original vision of curious swedish vignettes which concludes little but intrigues at times.