Sundance Review: Downhill is a Remake of Force Majeure Without the Risks

The inciting incident of Downhill takes place on the deck of a ski resort in the Alps. In the midst of lunch, a family of four watches a controlled avalanche tumble towards the outdoor restaurant where they’re eating. It continues growing in size and severity, and those around them begin panicking and ducking for cover. The family’s father follows suit, grabbing his phone off the table and running for safety, leaving his wife and two sons to withstand the arctic blast. The quick whiteout ends up being a false alarm, but the real damage has just begun.

If that momentous scene sounds familiar, it’s because it already exists. Directors Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, collaborating on a script with Succession creator Jesse Armstrong, have Americanized and remade Ruben Ostlund’s 2014 black comedy Force Majeure. Which is to say they have brought in two comedy heavyweights in Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus,
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