The Square

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The Square finds writer-director Ruben Östlund as ambitious as ever -- and delivering an unforgettably unusual work whose challenging themes pay thought-provoking dividends.



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Christian is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum, a divorced but devoted father of two who drives an electric car and supports good causes. His next show is "The Square", an installation which invites passersby to altruism, reminding them of their role as responsible fellow human beings. But sometimes, it is difficult to live up to your own ideals: Christian's foolish response to the theft of his phone drags him into shameful situations. Meanwhile, the museum's PR agency has created an unexpected campaign for "The Square". The response is overblown and sends Christian, as well as the museum, into an existential crisis.


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  • Jan 30, 2018
    A bit long, but an effective critique of modern art culture nonetheless.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 09, 2017
    Though it suffers from some pacing imperfections, the film is a smart and stylish commentary on modern society, art, and human nature.
    Matthew Samuel M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 08, 2017
    Just like with Force Majeure, Östlund creates another intelligent, funny and always gripping satire centered on characters who are forced to go through embarrassing situations, questioning also what Art really means while exposing the hypocritical animals that we are.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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