Swedish Director Ruben Östlund introduces Tomas, Ebba, their son and their daughter beginning a week-long skiing vacation in the idyllic looking French Alps. Taking a lunch break on an outdoor veranda, they and others are shocked when an avalanche, intentionally set off by the ski resort for snow control, heads what appears to be straight for them.
How far will a person go when commanded by an authoritative official to perform unwelcome, upsetting actions against a colleague? This is the question asked and answered in writer/director Craig Zobel’s film Compliance, alarmingly and sadly based on real events. The total humiliation of a young worker follows as a self-proclaimed policeman so directs over the phone.