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Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus Star in New Ski Comedy

You had me at Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Two comedic icons in Europe sliding around on snow seems like perfect fodder for situational comedy and Will Ferrell one-liners. The film, Downhill, debuts on Valentine's Day and appears to be centered on a husband and wife trying to patch up their marriage with a fancy Euro vacation. It’s worth mentioning that the film is a remake of the 2014 French film, Force Majeure. In fact, the trailers are nearly carbon copies—see for yourself below. But knowing Ferrell and Louis-Dreyfus, they’ll add their own spin to it.

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    Yes, a remake of the Swedish film Force Majeure or “turist” in Swedish. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2121382/

      Force Majeure means Act of God, no?

Pretty sure it’s a Swedish film, not French.

It’s a Swedish film and the director of the original, Ruben Ostlund, originally made the “Free Radicals” ski movies in the 90’s. His background in skiing provides the skiing/ski resort context of the original credibility that most popular films set in a skiing context lack. The original is brilliant.

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