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The Square (2017)

The Square (2017)

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A prestigious Stockholm museum’s chief art curator finds himself in times of both professional and personal crisis as he attempts to set up a controversial new exhibit.

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(144) comments

  • Fidel Antonio MMay 29, 2017Reply

    A social commentary on class divide and gray morality set in the contemporary art world. Seething with sharp observations and caustic wit. Could use a bit more economy. But I don’t mind seeing more of that performance art scene. It’s one of the most unforgettable scenes of the year.

  • AW CJune 4, 2017Reply

    Neither funny nor insightful, The Square is a muddled, overlong slog. For a far superior social satire, watch Ben Wheatley’s “High Rise” (2016).

  • Joel AJuly 13, 2017Reply

    The winner of the 2017 coveted Palm’ Dor at Cannes & this film is truly an unique & bizarre cinematic journey about an artistic curator following the days up to his latest exhibit The Square.

    The film admittedly confusing at time covers more of Christian’s (Curator’s) life behind the scenes & the strange comedy of errors occurring around him.

    More of a vehicle for comments on contemporary issues like media, artistic vision & homelessness in Europe. Strikingly made & no doubt the wild animal at dinner scene will etch into your memory. A unusual Swedish masterpiece!

  • Kapten VSeptember 10, 2017Reply

    Most of you may know the Swedish screenwriter-director Ruben Östlund thanks to his previous project, 2014’s Turist” – Force Majeure” internationally -, an acclaimed psychological drama about man not being man enough” when his family’s lives are endangered by an avalanche in ski resort.
    Östlund continues exploring “Turist’s” major theme further here: comfort zones and what happens when we dare or are forced to leave them.
    Comfort zones govern our lives – we create them for personal use and on every level of human society – but in order to reach new grounds, we need to leave them. And if the zones end or vanish for some reason, the life as we have known it can break down quite easily.
    Turist” is about one specific situation, The Square” explores the theme connected to art world, although art can be seen as metaphor for man’s creative or spiritual side, which to me seemed even more suitable.
    The central character is an director of a museum (played by Claes Bang), a nice guy who gets into trouble both in private life and professionally.
    It plays out like a situational comedy about polarities, in art, our life and modern man in general.
    Through different scenes and events we get to witness and contemplate about how modern man wants everything to be “simple” – black or white, either/or – but there are always two sides to everything, and you can’t really have the one without the other.
    For example, We want the art to mean something and touch us deeply, but don’t like to invest ourselves and open up for it; we want to express ourselves freely but can’t necessarily tolerate others also doing this; we want power but we don’t like responsibilities, etc etc.
    Yes, the approach is rather artsy but the movie is still pretty mainstream friendly, thanks to all the “comedy”.
    Actors do wonderful job illustrating all these polarities on screen. This long 142 minute movie follows and examines the characters closely and relies on nuanceful performances quite heavily.
    The main problem is the directing style which sometimes seems to slow down just because, not that a situation couldn’t be done any faster. There are scenes where camera finds it target and just stays with it almost to the point of dozing off, just because it can.
    I think Östlund has tried to prove a point – we want fast results, not to invest ourselves – but I also think he has overused it here. Movies nowadays are usually not that slow anymore, and it wears you down getting accustomed to this slowness.
    But it’s still an intriguing and quite powerful movie about what life and art mean, or can mean. For its common ground, but also for its dark humor, expressiveness and inventiveness, The Square” is like a dark companion piece for Jodorowski’s joyous Poesía sin fin” which also hit our cinemas recently.
    I can’t say I understood the meaning of the major setpiece of performance artist attacking” a fancy gala party, but I loved it (the poster shows him too). He’s like an uncanny mix of Bruce Lee and monkey man!
    That’s what art is supposed to be all about, I guess: taking us out of our comfort zones and making us feel something even without understanding it well.
    By the way, although most of the dialogue is in Swedish, some is in English and some major supporting characters are played by people we know from American entertainment, such as Dominic West (The Wire”, The Affair”) and Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men”).

  • Simon KSeptember 28, 2017Reply

    Its ben a long time since I had that much fun in a cinema. Some scenes are absolutely fantastic (especially Terry Notary as performance artist). It might be too on the nose some time, but it worked for me.

  • Tatsuhito KSeptember 28, 2017Reply

    I enjoyed this film a lot and I laughed pretty consistently. I personally like “The Square” better than Ostlund’s previous film “Force Majeure”; this is just as darkly funny and uncomfortable as “Force Majeure”, and although its social commentary is too broad and it tries to juggle more than it can handle, the film becomes most effective when it focuses on its more satirical aspects. I don’t think it’s brilliant and I have a lot of issues with the film, but I was never bored and I was consistently mesmerized and often horrified by it.

  • Leo LOctober 7, 2017Reply

    @NYFF55 Alice Tully Hall

  • Phillip SOctober 20, 2017Reply

    One of the most wildly entertaining movies of the year.

  • AnonymousOctober 23, 2017Reply

    Quite brilliant although it drags a bit.

  • Tim MOctober 26, 2017Reply

    ‘The Square’, a Swedish film nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film is the kind of movie you may want to discuss with some people after watching. It’s not impossible to follow and at times is a slog, but when it fires it comes both barrels blazing. There are scenes and concepts that will resonate. The acting is great, which includes a fascinating few scenes from Elisabeth Moss.
    Claes Bang, who plays Christian, the curator of an art gallery with two kids who sometimes makes the wrong decision and has little time to slow things down, steals the show. The movie is worth watching for his nuanced performance. A little two long at nearly two and a half hours, but well worth the venture for any cinephile. I watched this on Hulu so beware you will need to put the closed-captions on. You’re going to have to deal with the few times there are scenes in English YES you will see the words at the bottom of the screen. It’s a worthy follow up for writer and director Ruben Östlund to his critically acclaimed ‘Force Majeure.’ Final Score: 7.1/10

  • N cOctober 27, 2017Reply

    Saw it at Hamptons film festival. A little strange a way too long. There really wasn’t a buzz afterwards.

  • Martin WOctober 28, 2017Reply

    A totally engrossing film, the social commentary is perfect. The acting, direction and script are excellent.

    In spite of its length I never lost interest in what was coming next. There is a lot of bitter humor, but the drama is what makes it work.

    I loved the character studies.

  • Francisco VOctober 28, 2017Reply

    What the F*ck was this? I just got home from watching this and I…I…I have no clue what I just watched. The main actor is Fukin hot and he makes this two hour ordeal ok to deal with. Sometimes funny. Sometimes disturbing. Makes no sense. I guess this movie is just like life itself.

  • John MNovember 6, 2017Reply

    Often times strikingly funny and often times deeply uncomfortable and eerie, “The Square” is more or less a fascinating examination on class structure and political ideals in a specific climate set in the pretentiousness of the art gallery world. There are scenes in here that I think stand out as some of the most oddly memorable of the last couple years.

  • Carlos MNovember 8, 2017Reply

    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.

  • Seena SNovember 8, 2017Reply

    What a disappointment. This movie, unwittingly, demonstrates all the stereotypes of modern arts, elites, absurd storytelling, etc. The movie it disjointed; there are many scenes that are unnecessary and don’t add to the (non)story line; and it didn’t leave our group wondering about valid issues, as some reviewers have suggested.

  • Peter ONovember 10, 2017Reply

    In more than 40 years of watching films, this is the worst movie I have ever seen.

  • Brad PNovember 11, 2017Reply

    This could be a bad parody of an art house movie if it weren’t too terrible even for that. Vague pretentious of social commentary combine with one or two funny scenes does not make for a comedy, or even something watchable. None of the people in my group cared for a single one of the characters. Stuff just happens. There is no plot. Don’t waste your time or money on this.

  • Perceval GNovember 11, 2017Reply

    Literally the worst movie I’ve seen in 20 years

  • Steve GNovember 12, 2017Reply

    I don’t get it. Good acting perhaps but doesn’t make up for plot that goes nowhere for 2.5 hours. My wife and I felt like it was wasted money.

  • John DNovember 13, 2017Reply

    Banal at best. Sophomoric. Boring. Not interesting at all. Stay home and watch paint dry, its more interesting. Waste of time. People started leaving the movie within the first 30 minutes. I held out an hour. then with a shrug, left.

  • Filipe CNovember 16, 2017Reply

    After the much-talked about, quietly explosive Force Majeure, Ruben Ostlund returns to the big screen with The Square, an exciting, too-big-to-fail endeavor that will go down in the annals of film history for its extraordinarily provocative set pieces. The narrative gets going when Christian (Claes Bang in a memorable role), the chief curator at the modern art museum in Stockholm, announces the museum’s most recent acquisition: The Square, “a sanctuary of trust and caring. Within all share equal rights and obligations.” The piece instills Christian with introspective thoughts, and after his phone gets stolen, this upper-class, quasi-celebrity gets caught in an existential crisis. During Christian’s extravagant and unpredictable journey, Ostlund satirizes to great effect the hypocrisy of modern art, social strata divide, and faux notions of identity. As the narrative progresses, The Square highlights the ‘high v. low’ dichotomy every chance it gets, pushing all kinds of boundaries with rare fearlessness, making this an uncomfortable, but consistently rewarding cinematic experience. Fresh off the Palm D’Or at Cannes, The Square will hardly be a crowd-pleaser, but it’s exactly the type of fierce, observant and tridimensional cinema that can shake up outdated conventions.

  • AnonymousNovember 17, 2017Reply

    Absolutely one of the worst movies we have ever seen in the history of the Mill Valley film Festival. Not one redeeming factor about it.

  • Facebook UNovember 19, 2017Reply

    A film with a lot to say that, regrettably, doesn’t always say it as well as it could. However, when it successfully achieves its moments of lucidity, the director absolutely knocks it out of the park with inventive, riveting humor and incisive social insights. Perhaps the biggest issue here is the editing, with a number of segments that go on entirely too long, but, if you’re able to sift through the flotsam to find the kernels of wisdom, you’ll be richly rewarded with an unusual and memorable movie experience.

  • Tony TNovember 23, 2017Reply

    An unconventional, ambitious satire on modern society. Full review:

  • Facebook UNovember 24, 2017Reply

    cold European humour staging gradually into wicked social sarcasm. laughing at its own artistic style probably…

  • Donald DNovember 24, 2017Reply

    There is a tension and intensity that often glues you to the screen, but finally it just doesn’t all add up. And it is at least a half hour too long.

  • Jael%20 RNovember 25, 2017Reply

    Esperaba más de esta cinta… en realidad no tiene sentido, es como un puñado de escenas añeatorias tratando de encajar en una cinta que intenta dar un mensaje ‘inteligente’ pero que termina siendo una interminable espera de dos horas y media…
    Una que otra puntada humoristica, pero que no valen las horas…

  • HAN LNovember 25, 2017Reply

    cold European humour staging gradually into wicked social sarcasm. laughing at its own artistic style probably…

  • Mike LNovember 26, 2017Reply

    The Square certainly a thought provoking movie and very difficult to get through, and at times, understand what it means. The Square, a work of art at a prestigious fictional art museum in Stockholm, is to be an area of peace and safety. However, nothing in this complex movie comes close to it. The themes are many: personal responsibility, classism, what is art and how decides it, the role of America in the world, immigration. Reading reviews about it still didn’t prepare me for this moivie (Elisabeth Moss, the American, was my reason to see this. Her scene with the used condom is a classic.) My final question is what did her monkey wearing lipstick mean???

  • Goota BNovember 27, 2017Reply

    Enjoyed it. Social commentary in a humorous vein.

  • E Quique BNovember 30, 2017Reply

    80% Weird art film, hard to see it 2 times because it´s long running time with some long conversations that desperately work with your head. But the performances and originality with some twists and freaky humor makes the movie relevant to see it only once. The main theme for me as a metaphor was the paradox of daily life, it´s hard to change one persons attitude if all their entire life had been the same arrogant shit, no matter what bad things you got to change for a better person you will never get it, and you will still making the same mistakes again and again and again.

  • AnonymousDecember 4, 2017Reply

    Do not loose 2h30 of your life watching this movie. It irritated me in ways i didnt even know i could be annoyed.

  • Matthew Samuel MDecember 9, 2017Reply

    Though it suffers from some pacing imperfections, the film is a smart and stylish commentary on modern society, art, and human nature.

  • Tex SDecember 9, 2017Reply

    The Square Is Irregularly Shaped with some Interesting Corners

    The Square has some great moments and a very disjointed plot. Some of
    the scenes are spot-on critiques of the art world. However, the movie
    wanders aimlessly without a thread that drives the plot from beginning
    to end. The main thing the audience learns is that the director of the
    modern art gallery is a self centered, arrogant racist, which isn’t
    much to hang a film on let alone get people excited about. I don’t mind
    terrible protagonists, but give me one strong, main plot, instead of
    three or more weak ones.

    Claes Bang plays the museum director, Christian, and some of his
    dialogue is hilarious. Anne, Elisabeth Moss, has a one night stand with
    the arrogant Christian and she wants more. But then that plot line dies
    and another about Mr. Bang’s missing wallet takes over. None of the
    story lines are fully developed and it makes a film about modern art
    too artsy and annoying. Luckily the dialogue and bizarre situations in
    the film make The Square worth a look.

    The filming and scenes are fine, but I didn’t walk away amazed. The
    music was uninspired, but it is better than being cloying and obtrusive
    like so many soundtracks have been this decade, Dunkirk being one of
    the worst examples of this.

    Rating: Matinée. There are plenty of interesting things to see and
    enjoy in The Square. Revelations about life are art are not among them.

    Peace, Tex Shelters

  • AnonymousDecember 11, 2017Reply

    This movie was terrible. Too long, disjointed, and a waste of time. Boring, boring.

  • Amanda PDecember 20, 2017Reply

    This rather unsettling and somewhat ambiguous film will get you talking after you have finished watching it.

  • Kevin PDecember 20, 2017Reply

    Raising some hard hitting questions about the human condition and how we would react in certain situations in our daily life. It becomes a awkwardness in mostly every scene, while some of them are funny, others become dangerous close to being uncomfortably scary. Its one of the years most fascinating movies to explore.

  • Sean PDecember 28, 2017Reply

    The Square, the 2017 winner of the Cannes Film Festival’s highest honor, the Palme D’or, is a provocative and strange film. At times, the film defies description in its oddity and yet its points and purposes regarding political correctness as an excuse for the rich to ignore the poor are relatively obvious and on the nose. Directed by Ruben Ostlund, whose Force Majeure was far more interestingly provocative than The Square, the film has beautiful cinematography and a handful of the most interesting scenes in any movie in 2017.

  • Felipe PJanuary 2, 2018Reply

    O filme é muito bem feito, mas nunca deixa de parecer várias peças que quebra-cabeças diferentes, que nunca realmente se encaixam. Claes está fantástico como Christian, assim como Elisabeth Moss como Anne.

  • Stefano CJanuary 3, 2018Reply

    Just like most of contemporary art, this doesn’t make much sense to me. There are different themes but nothing that tie all the movie together. It’s messy and definitely too long. There are some nice parts to watch, something makes you laugh, something think…. but again I have to say that doesn’t work for me. I am more of a modernist guy myself.

  • Stanculescu HJanuary 5, 2018Reply

    i only half-understood it. It was an original film but a bit boring. It made you wonder frequenly what did the director intend to make you feel throughout the film in many scenes.

  • Luciene CJanuary 8, 2018Reply

    Saí da sessão de “The Square”, ontem, com a sensação de que havia e não havia gostado. Hoje, leio esse trechinho aqui do José Geraldo Couto e ao menos parte da sensação fica explicada.

    “Talvez caiba acrescentar que, revisto meses depois, o esplêndido The square se mostra, talvez, calculado demais, intencional demais, quase como um filme ‘de tese’ (a de que é muito fina a crosta de civilização que nos separa da barbárie). O diretor sueco Ruben Östlund parece empenhado em abraçar o mundo, colocando em cena todas as frentes em que se manifesta hoje um embate de forças: arte/mercado, centro/periferia, rico/pobre, branco/negro, homem/mulher. É uma admirável obra de relojoaria, com cada peça precisamente no seu lugar – mas quando atentamos para o seu mecanismo ela perde um pouco do seu encanto.”

  • Luca OJanuary 8, 2018Reply

    Would Titanic be a good movie if it had ended when they hit the iceberg? Good writing is in finishing the story with meaning. That’s the hard part of it. Cutting things abruptly and expect the audience to praise you because you had a good idea -but couldn’t execute it- isn’t. The movie is too much pretension and little capacity. Too much sauce for little meat.

  • Valentine JJanuary 12, 2018Reply

    The film was unbearably slow paced I managed to stay until the main scene of the movie but after understanding that this too was terrible, I left. The characters are one dimensional, cringy and hard to keep focused on nevermind interest. While the main scene disturbed me, as it is intended to do and most likely the reason for current reviews, i maintain that it is not worth watching simply for that. The messages of the movie are interesting but certainly not novel and could have been better expressed through other means or a better movie.

  • Ari CJanuary 14, 2018Reply

    Challenging but ultimately refreshing film experience. Definitely helped to have watched Force Majeure previously as this film develops the central themes and ideas from that previous film. Director Östlund delights in puncturing decorum and the everyday false or undeserved self regard we often award ourselves.

  • Marina OJanuary 14, 2018Reply

    Sei não……..hehehe

  • Petros TJanuary 17, 2018Reply

    I can ignore the irrelevant vignettes or headless subplots that plague the film – even the absurd main plot device – because it’s actually quite an interesting satire with a very good lead in Claes Bang, neat production design and appealing themes. What I can’t ignore is the prolonged, nonsensical final act that beats the viewer on the head with basic ideas that have already been expressed more eloquently in the first part. It’s nowhere near focused enough and thus a great deal less powerful.

  • AnonymousJanuary 23, 2018Reply

    Okay movie, it was entertaining but it was very anticlimactic. Didn’t really understand the point, other than to just show the greed in the museum industry. Pretty good acting though.

  • Magnus SJanuary 23, 2018Reply

    Refreshing but bizarre and really weird arthouse flick.

  • Nicoara TJanuary 24, 2018Reply

    am vazut pentru ca era nominalizat la oscar. am vazut prima ora si jumatate si am atipit. teme bine construite. surprinzator permanent. si foarte misto. are si o tema muzicala recurenta. foarte watchable si un future classic

  • Leo PJanuary 27, 2018Reply

    A few interesting scenes that never gets followed up on, and the rest is just a mishmash of cliches that tries to be edgy but is really just as pretentious and elitist as the art world it claims to critizise. There is really nothing here, its the emperors new clothes and the Canne jury fell for it. Its just boring and way to long.

  • Alec BJanuary 30, 2018Reply

    A bit long, but an effective critique of modern art culture nonetheless.

  • Lincoln KFebruary 3, 2018Reply

    This film is fascinating and interesting with some solid performances… but its too long and doesnt really make much sense. A number of scenes are just bizarre and unconnected to the overriding narrative.. Not sure what to make of this really…

  • David LFebruary 4, 2018Reply

    The Square is a frustratingly mediocre film from Ruben Ostlund and such a major step back from his last brilliant film. It has some good performances, it is well shot and it has some interesting conversations and themes, but is mostly too ambitious for its own sake, overlong, very messy structurally speaking and annoyingly silly and pointless in some scenes. It is such a disappointing, overrated film and a major misfire in my eyes.

  • Giorgio GFebruary 4, 2018Reply

    I watched “The Square” last night, or at least, I tried to watch it, as I finally walked out after one hour of boredom. This proves once more that I simply can’t agree with “Best Picture” awards or nominations. These guys who give those awards must have the patience of a praying mantis. I simply don’t! I waited, and waited for the story to eventually begin, knowing that the movie has a total of 142 minutes. But as after 60 minutes there was still no sense to the story, or anything interesting going on, I gave up. Life is way too short to waste one’s time for crap like this. 1/10 points.

  • Cecilia FFebruary 4, 2018Reply

    Hur i h-vete vann den här Guldpalmen!?

  • Larry CFebruary 4, 2018Reply

    I really wanted to like this movie, hoping it would be a cross between a “Best in Show”-esque parody making fun of the pretentiousness of modern art and a fine art version of “Mozart in the Jungle” showing what it is like being a curator at a museum and balancing all the different egos and departments at such an institution. It laid the groundwork for that in the first half of the movie but then it went nowhere and went into tangents with the missing wallet, one night stand and the dance competition that didn’t really add anything to the overall story arc or tie it to The Square exhibition itself. The first half was ok but instead of calling it The Square they should have called it The Infinite because the second half felt like it went on forever .

  • Steve HFebruary 5, 2018Reply

    Not even sure exactly what I was watching at times but there were some great scenes. Some emotionally gripping and some with hilarious cultural critiques… many with both

  • Jenna IFebruary 6, 2018Reply

    Hmm, this felt like it couldn’t tell if it was a satire or a character study, mixed with an incredibly esoteric inside joke. Which isn’t to say I didn’t enjoy it, it kinda felt like a lost smug comedy of Michael Haneke (which is only disappointing in the sense that Force Majeure felt so much more uniquely Östlund).

    It seems to me the main point of the movie is just the irony of seeing an art installation like The Square – “The Square is a sanctuary of trust and caring. Within it we all share equal rights and obligations ” – and thinking about all of the bureaucracy that you know had to happen in order for something like that to be installed in such a prestigious space. The countless stuffy rich people who had to donate money for the art to be purchased and installed, the lesser rich people who curate the museum but are completely beholden to an impossible standard of walk-the-line high-art intrigue and fun-sized general public consumption, the marketing bros who are hired to promote this concept so everybody can make a profit, the art critics who are more interested in the scene than the art, and down to the general public who looks at the project overly literally and scoffs “I could do that.”

    But the movie strays between its art-scene satire to a more general shaming message of the out-of-touch divide between the modern successful man and the less fortunate who don’t (or can’t) fit the mold. Christian (expertly played by Claes Bang) isn’t necessarily a bad guy, though he sure as hell is a selfish one – but personally I’m on the fence as to how worthy that concept is for an entire two-hour-plus film… people are selfish in general, it feels like a bit of a pot-shot pointing the finger of blame at Christian, who’s largely just ‘guilty’ of being successful and insulated in a monied world. It’s a stronger message when the movie doesn’t try and focus more on the one man – Re: the hilarious, ironic and wildly uncomfortable dinner scene.

    I think The Square could have been a hilarious satire of the art world system if it had been directed by somebody like Armando Iannucci or even Christopher Guest. They always do a great job of highlighting the structure while still populating it with well-rounded and empathetic individuals. As we have it from Östlund, it’s just too unfocused to hit all of its marks… but it’s still worth it for some key scenes. Arguing about are-we-dating next to an art installation of loud falling chairs is a stand out, for one.

  • Ayrton CFebruary 8, 2018Reply

    Puntaje Original: 6.5

    Un intento de hacer la versión moderna de La Dolce Vitta.

  • Riff JFebruary 9, 2018Reply

    didn’t really understand it, but liked the comedy in it nonetheless. i think it’s a satire of the modern art world and of those who reside within it. it’s also a dark comedy at heart, so i appreciated that.

  • AnonymousFebruary 9, 2018Reply

    There are so many short stories woven together with the thread of video & performance art. It’s a long movie, but each tableau gives you a genuine reaction to art, story and performance. It’s hilarious, shocking, sad and very well orchestrated.

  • Giovanna BFebruary 10, 2018Reply

    Me pareció algo larga, pero con un mensaje bastante claro. ¿El arte y la libertad de expresión deberían estar limitados por lo políticamente correcto? Ahí se los dejo.

  • Michael TFebruary 11, 2018Reply

    Uneven but startling and sometimes funny, much like the performance-art themes that the film uses to explore the human experience.

  • Oscar GFebruary 11, 2018Reply

    Irreverente, tensa, irónica, acusadora, digerible, profunda, bella… La que sin duda es una de las mejores películas del 2017, este trabajo representa el enorme esfuerzo de uno de los mejores directores de la época. Una maravilla.

  • Scott GFebruary 12, 2018Reply

    LOVED it. But be warned, this movie will fuck your shit up. As Brian Tallerico of says, ” It’s a visually striking, well-performed film that some people will adore and others will hate. I suspect it will be divisive, kind of like all great art, and I think that’s exactly how Ostlund wants it.”

  • William PFebruary 13, 2018Reply

    No me importa la opinión divida a la que podría llevar esta película, me quito el sombrero ante al director Ruben Östlund. Una de las mejores condensaciones de múltiples subtextos sobre temática contemporánea que he visto en un buen tiempo. Ajustada a 2017 sería mi película favorita de ese año.

  • Felipe FFebruary 13, 2018Reply

    The Square raises relevant issues about art and society, and even though it may be too offbeat for some, it is a peculiar comedy packed with sharp social criticism.

  • Dave RFebruary 14, 2018Reply

    There are some great ideas here with plenty of funny and original moments, but the film is 30 minutes too long and draws out scenes for no apparent reason. You may feel like you’ve been beaten over the head with a brick–the “message” is repeated ad nauseam.

  • J HFebruary 14, 2018Reply

    The people that don’t like this film mostly seem to admit that they don’t understand it and most that like it “understand” in a way completely different than me. So I might be the one that is wrong. I saw this as an art exhibit that shows a person that wants to be good, makes mistakes, and tries to atone because he can’t live with himself otherwise. And that’s enough to make it a great movie. I wouldn’t be surprised if the screenwriter was a fan of The Idiot. I know people think this movie is making fun of contemporary art but I don’t think it’s that simple — the human-ape scene isn’t just absurd for the sake of absurdity. Everyone knows that they should be safe if they don’t move but they also know that moving will draw the attention away from someone else that may be in need. I think the message is that putting your head down and staying still is not morally OK. I don’t think this scene was making fun of the art as much as it was showing how contemporary art can show us something about ourselves that is difficult to comprehend in the real word where life is more complicated. Whether I understood it or not I don’t know but I know I “balance” helping people in need and don’t always charge in to save the day and I appreciated seeing others struggle with those decisions because no one is spending every second of the day helping people or giving away their last penny. And I make a lot of mistakes in life and try to correct them…many times without success. Do my mistakes or poor instincts make me a bad person or do my actions to correct those mistakes make me a good person? The answer, I suspect, is neither. It just makes me human.

  • Logan MFebruary 15, 2018Reply

    “The Square” resembles the surreal satires of Luis Buñuel, but if this movie was ever funny, I didn’t get the joke. If it had some sort of message, I missed it.

  • AnonymousFebruary 17, 2018Reply

    Well done cinematically but wholly without entertainment value

  • Belmar MFebruary 21, 2018Reply

    Me dio risa varias chistes, algunos son muy inteligentes. Critica muy bien lo que se considera “arte moderno”, pero más me gusto la critica social que tiene a los inmigrantes en Suecia, como han perjudicado la paz de la comunidad sueca. Lo malo de la peli: dura mucho y muchas escenas contemplativas.

  • AnonymousFebruary 22, 2018Reply

    The Square (2017) was a fine film. I don’t believe it was good enough to earn an Oscar nomination in Best Foreign Language, but we all know that the Oscar committee only focus on the politics instead of quality of films. The Square is about a series of events involving a manager of a Swedish Art Museum. The major flaw in this film was its dragging runtime. Before you accuse me of having a short attention span let me state that I don’t care about the runtime or pacing as long as it serves a purpose, but the film has so much bullshit that needlessly drags on. They’re either beating your head with an obvious political statement, or giving time to a subplot that goes nowhere and losing focus. There are some times that the pacing actually work, such as the ape scene, and this film would’ve worked better if they took time and cut it down to a proper runtime necessary for the story. What I mostly like about this film is it’s soundtrack and style of satirization, but the soundtrack only consist of two-we songs and they are noticeably repeated throughout the film. I wish it had more diversity. The Square has trouble focusing on its agenda and drags like a crippled man without a wheelchair, but there is a enjoyable film hidden between these flaws. I wouldn’t be upset if this won Best Foreign Language Film. 6.5/10

  • Niklas HFebruary 24, 2018Reply

    Vafan är det här. Helt ologiskt, bara frustrerande att kolla på.

  • Khaled MFebruary 25, 2018Reply

    NOT a simple movie, you need a lot of time and concentration to grasp the idea, which is suppose to be very simple. How can a man get intense under simple life stresses and how it might influence whoever around you.

    I don’t think this movie could win Best Picture this year but still, interesting movie.

  • Vivien JFebruary 26, 2018Reply

    Pretentious and could have been shorter!!

  • AnonymousFebruary 27, 2018Reply

    Movie is bonkers. Great social satire. Fun and terrifying.

  • Nadjib RFebruary 28, 2018Reply

    The Square explores so many themes at once some efficiently and some not, at the very core of it, the film is very slik and stylish and conveys a very particular message about society especially in Sweden, it does that with a complex approach heavily influenced by art which is used symbolically to highlight the imperfection of the human nature

    although I find it to be tediously slow the film does have its merits, both the acting and the writing were brilliant, it has just the right amount of humor to make this tolerable.

    Ultimately, this critique of modern societies is fruitful in spite of its baffling execution, it might not be for all but it’s very admirable.

  • Josè MFebruary 28, 2018Reply

    Sàtira sobre las conductas humanas. Force Nature estuvo mejor.

  • Stan PMarch 1, 2018Reply

    Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film and rightly so. The Square provides a social commentary on the economic and cultural disparity in Sweden (and the Western world) coupled with strong, humorous, sometimes uncomfortable scenes.
    A thought provoking film by Östlund with strong performances from Claes Bang, Terry Notary and a bizarre cameo from Elisabeth Moss.

  • Alan WMarch 2, 2018Reply

    Oscar nominee for best Foreign Film and the follow-up to 2015’s critically acclaimed Force Majeure, a film I personally find over-indulgent and overlong even though the premise is intriguing; writer-director Ruben Ostlund doubles down on all the things I dislike last time and this 2h 22m long film ends up winning the Palme d’Or. Go figure. Claes Bang plays the tall and handsome curator of a contemporary art museum in Sweden that’s about to unveil its latest exhibit, the Square, when a minor criminal act done to him begins the slow unravelling of his life. Predominantly an exploration of the male white guilt, it also comments upon modern art; the desensitization of poverty and street beggars; the prejudice immigrants face everyday; freedom of speech; and the power dynamics between the sexes… and that is just off the top of my head as I am sure there are others I’ve missed, in Ostlund’s elaborate and all-encompassing essay that has far too many ideas struggling for space, which the film handles with the surreal grace and elegance of a gorilla cutting steel with a blunt knife. Artfully composed with striking imageries, there is a nicely observed 90 mins film here with the right (i.e. a lot!) editing but this bloated film just goes on and on, as Dominic West and Elisabeth Moss wander in briefly in inconsequential cameos, until its predictable and absurd end. This is definitely not a film for me, or anyone who thinks 142m is a ridiculous amount of time to spend on an arty film that has little to say other than yell out a list of things the developed Western society has to atone for.

  • Erik B. AMarch 3, 2018Reply

    A rich white man at the top of the world, a museum director in Stockholm, is constantly bothered and frustrated by non white, undesirable poor and disabled people piercing the veil on his humiliation free bourgeois existence. I don’t care about this guy. I don’t care about his karma. I don’t care about the silly caricatures and stereotypes that interrupt his perfect life. As far as I’m concerned, this is right wing propaganda. If you really want to see a good Swedish movie check out Roy Andersson’s “being humna” trilogy. Full stop.

  • Mickey SMarch 3, 2018Reply

    Just saw it and not only is it too long it sucks.Don’t waste you money.

  • Ming Siu GMarch 4, 2018Reply

    It’s probably too long, and obvious at times, but I really did enjoy myself thoroughly, and found a lot of the cringe comedy LOL-worthy. Even at its most uncomfortable, it’s compulsively watchable.

  • AnonymousMarch 6, 2018Reply

    Great. A searing take on the art world with a fair amount of love for the abstract and the absurd. The ape man scene will stay with you.

  • Elly HMarch 6, 2018Reply

    i really liked the square. i found myself being preoccupied with it weeks after i had seen it and for me that’s what a really good movie does to you (or, a really bad one). it deals about elitism, a diveded society, crime and i feel there’s no moral lesson to be learnt, and thats a relief. people are both good and bad, both honest and hypocrits. a little bit disappointed in the christian – elisabeth moss-relationship, i just didn’t buy it. but overall a thought provoking film with lots of cringe-worthy situations.

  • Simon TMarch 8, 2018Reply

    aN excellent satire of the contemporary artworld. as a former curator of contemporary art, i can attest to the authenticity of this film.

  • AnonymousMarch 9, 2018Reply

    The Square is a work of art about art itself. It shows many forms of art and how disconnected some of them have been from the public. the tension brought to the audience because of unconfortable scenes depicts what we all feel towards art as a segregational field of knowledge. food for thought in many levels.

  • Ary WMarch 10, 2018Reply

    Modern art, marginalization, empathy, narcissism. It can feel like there’s too much on the plate and the slow pace isn’t helping. But the criticisms are spot on & hilarious, with incredible cinematography & unique storytelling through reactions of the actors.

  • Wayne MMarch 10, 2018Reply

    The Square lives up to its billing as the Palme d’or winner at Cannes in 2017. It’s a bold and daring film that has a lot to say and says it with biting humour and smart dialogue. From the Danish director Ruben Ostlund the film is set in Stockholm at a major modern art museum curated by Christian, a man concerned with the world at large but also with himself. When a major exhibition called ‘The Square’ is set to open, a series of events occur that set his life into turmoil.This film is darkly funny and beautifully observed, it requires many mental gymnastics to keep up with it but the payoff is well worth it. An excellent cast ads to the overall pleasure. The film has many things to say about art. money, sex and fame. A cerebral commentary on the world we live in a very entertaining package.

  • Christiana CMarch 11, 2018Reply

    I must say I was slightly disappointed since the director just made one of my all time favorite movies (Force Majeure) just 3 years ago. My expectation was high.

    Cinematography seemed similar, with classical music, a parent as a protagonist and the juxtaposition of two very distinct worlds. And for both movies, I had boyfriends who were bored out of their minds (two different guys, but both not sharing my movie tastes.). I’m not sure if it was because of Markus’ influence but I also found the first half pretty boring, but the moment he left I started to “get it.” I guess I’ll never find out now, but I can speak of the parts that I think I understood.

    The movie is about the Square being a small sample and symbol of the world today where we should regard as a sanctuary of trust and caring. (quote: “The Square is a sanctuary of trust and caring. Within it we all share equal rights and obligations.”) The movie starts with busy people all glued to their own phones, diverging in their own ways at a square by a subway station. From the beginning to the end, we see beggars who are clearly alone and separated from humanity. We see Christian, the protagonist starting to blend in with that world, and then a clash, and eventually breaks down his inner barrier and seeks to mend it.

    The protagonist is a well-known, successful guy in the arts world who’s constantly questioning the boundary of art. “If I put your bag in this (museum) room, does it make it art?” But despite this, he is so set in his own world and draws a line between him and the ones who are impoverished. He’s selfish, self-loving and in the movie, made a decision that brought inconvenience to every unit of an apartment building (13 floors?) to achieve his own good. In a way he was living a hypocritical life, advocating and honoring work like The Square, while not trusting or caring of others. This movie shows his weaving in and out of this boundary and eventually realizing that this whole world is in fact The Square. There should be no in or out, but we’re all in this together. This is largely due to the little boy breaks his world and brings clarity to his life. Phone and wallet, our modern definition of “the 2 most important things” are stolen by others in the beginning of the movie. After the transformation, he goes to the “bad neighborhood” where his thief lives and leaves his two daughters in his Tesla car. His two daughters are in fact the two most important things in life and now he trusts the world.

    There lots of great little symbols in the movie I enjoy spotting. The square stage of the cheerleading competition where dozens of teenage girls are constantly having to trust each other to perform tough acrobatic tricks was an obvious one. There are also questions that still remain unanswered for me. I wonder the significance of the ape performing arts scene as well as a random starring of a chimpanzee in his one night stand’s house. Is the message that we’re all apes originally and the prejudice is non-sense? Or is there something about accepting what is norm? Did the little boy end up dying on the stairs or did he actually move away?

    Overall the movie was deeply poetic, thoughtful and almost political. I could watch it again and try to put the pieces together, and may have more intelligent things to say. (this time all me, without a boyfriend)

  • simona cMarch 12, 2018Reply

    who we are vs who we would be – the postulate grace of a world that exercises culture only for itself and which collapses miserably when it confronts the reality from which it stands
    this film performs the miracle of leaving the art intact by demolishing the Irish circus around it.

  • Randy TMarch 13, 2018Reply

    I’m not sure if this film had either a writer on a director. But, at nearly 2.5 hours, it certainly had no editor. As for the Sound track, enough with the “ave Maria”!

  • Srijan AMarch 15, 2018Reply

    Art cinema at its best.

  • AnonymousMarch 17, 2018Reply

    3/16/18 NETFLIX DVD Possibly the worst movie I have ever seen. Nothing to add.

  • Andrew JMarch 26, 2018Reply

    All art (and artsy) but not a lot of plot.

  • AnonymousMarch 31, 2018Reply

    Half Swedish so maybe biased but loved it.

  • Mat YApril 8, 2018Reply

    I went to Preview The Square, Palme d’Or Cannes 2017. Director Ruben Ostlund talked us the Story at second visit Tokyo. Chief curator of modern art museum in Stockholm has some strange troubles in divided society. Brighter sunshine makes darker shadow. Welcome to my twitter @cinemawishtokyo.

  • Alex SApril 11, 2018Reply

    Its not a movie, it is a bunch of random scenes staring some of the same characters…

  • Al SApril 25, 2018Reply

    I loved it. Not much to complain about.

  • Fong KMay 6, 2018Reply

    Laced with sadistic comicality in scenes of nervous awkwardness, Ruben Östlund’s Palme d’Or winner is a satire that throws a sly wink at the artificiality and bourgeois politesse of highfalutin cliques at a Swedish contemporary art museum.

  • Jesse GMay 10, 2018Reply

    The Square is one of the most brilliant satires that has come out in a long time. Despite its confusing direction and the lack of connection Ostlund makes between everything happening in the story, the script and humor is extremely clever. As a story, it is fantastic, though as a film, it doesn’t live up to its material super well.

  • Dana FMay 28, 2018Reply

    Whoa, there is a LOT going on with this movie. I can see this movie being taught in both film appreciation and sociology classes of the future… by a super nerdy, maniacal professor to a group of glassy-eyed post-teens who are trying to figure out what the hell they just watched. This film is Swedish director Ruben Ostlund’s follow-up to the brilliant “Force Majeure”, which if you haven’t seen, you should. And yes, it’s a foreign film – some of it is in English but most of the film is subtitled Swedish. And all of it is complex. On one hand it’s a dark satire of the high-concept contemporary art world, and on the other much bigger hand, it’s a biting criticism/exploration of social constructs. It’s one of the few films I’ve seen that is critical of the liberal elite, pointing out how their social altruism is steeped in hypocrisy. And if you don’t understand what I said just there, it’s probably better that you don’t see this movie. I barely understand it myself, and flatter myself when I say that I probably only absorbed even half of the points this movie was trying to make. This movie won the Palm D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival last year, which is in and of itself a vehicle for high art, so there is a certain irony to the movie… one that it recognizes and fully embraces. While it’s an incredibly smart film (to be honest, too smart for the likes of me), it’s also haphazard and lacks focus. It’s slow and tedious and about an hour too long, and it uses unconventional storytelling with a tangential narrative that left me feeling a little befuddled. This movie is hard to review because it is not enjoyable, nor was it designed to be. If anything, its sole purpose is to make the viewer uncomfortable. And in that, it succeeds… boy, does it succeed. There are darkly comic moments that will make you laugh out loud, but mostly, it’s either boring or uncomfortable or both. This is both a movie for the thinking man and the creative man, assuming they are one and the same person. So it’s definitely not for everyone, probably for very few … but the people who like it will adore it. But it definitely has something to say… and I’m still trying to figuring out what.

  • Vlad LJune 5, 2018Reply

    One of the best movies I’ve seen recently

  • Dave VJune 23, 2018Reply

    Loved, loved, loved. Best film of 2018 so far.

  • AnonymousJune 24, 2018Reply

    This movie proclaims along many others that we, as god-humans, are allowed to have no limits. A square has limits.
    The idea is good hearted but is never going to bloom in people that way.
    The cover has no square. That’s, I suppose, another inside joke on contemporary art?
    Why pit your own square into ridicule?
    Sorry, I left the theater.

  • Dolby MJuly 5, 2018Reply

    It might work as a tv series, but as a film there are too many ideas and too many great characters abandoned mid-thought.

  • Gina WJuly 12, 2018Reply

    Definitely thought-provoking. I wasn’t as enchanted with the movie as my husband, who thought it was very good. I have to say I just didn’t understand it.

  • Erik BJuly 29, 2018Reply

    An interesting movie but I think it contains not enough for its long runtime.

  • Adam MSeptember 7, 2018Reply

    What a crazy, weird, hilarious movie. Confusing, but confusing on purpose. It has structural issues, it feels more like a pile of subplots than a cohesive film. The movie lacks a singular message, comprised of smaller ideas and stories mishmashed together that don’t add up that well but are so perfectly constructed on their own that it’s hard not to be fascinated. I feel like I didn’t “get” everything, there was some visual imagery that illuded me a bit. The cinematography is wonderful, the performances are compelling and often laugh out loud funny. This is a great film. Particularly the ape scene. I’m going to include a link to it here, because it’s just a brilliant piece of film. It has next to nothing do do with the rest of the movie, so no “spoilers” or anything. It’s just one of the many, strange disconnected limbs on this movie. But it stands out as a really extraordinary work of art in it’s own right. For light context, this is at a fundraising gala for the museum a museum. If you like filmmaking or acting, do yourself a favour and watch this:

  • Max BSeptember 13, 2018Reply

    I like it what is the square mean in the film.

  • Tor MOctober 3, 2018Reply

    A huge film and Ruben Östlund’s biggest so far. It was talked about way before it’s premiere and after it showed, moviefans discussed it plenty. The hate was huge, the praise even larger.

    A museum’s chief art curator has both personal and career based problems. Someone steals his phone, wich leads to a big half of the plot here. When a square is made, an art installaton, the museum needs a way to present it to the world but this turn out to be a big nut to crack.
    These two happenings is lovely mixed, with that very underlying unkomfortableness all over the scenes. The two and a half hours rush by, even if there are little action here. The great moments saves it together with ace performances. The diner-scene is huge, and so is the note-posting one. The tourettes-scene is also a funny highlight.

    Done in a less static way than some of his film, still brilliantly shot, where the diner-scene once again tops it. A pretty artsy film that takes plenty of turns but still a strong direction of resulting. You will leave the film pleased, having most pieces together.

    It lived up to my huge expectations, something that does not happen often enough. God, I love spinning staircase shots, man.

    8 out of 10 gravel tops.

  • Jeremy ROctober 3, 2018Reply

    Art imitating life imitating art… Genius piece of cinema. Thoughtful, great acting, brings the penthouse and the pavement into sharp focus.

  • Jonathan IOctober 5, 2018Reply

    Pretty downright brilliant! Profound abstract meaning and intention.

  • Jude POctober 21, 2018Reply

    If the square is mathematically evaluated, it has no beginning, no end either. Absolutely insane and a nightmare of an elder.

  • AnonymousOctober 22, 2018Reply

    This was the most ridiculous movie I’ve ever seen! I was screaming at the screen.. what was the purpose of the gorilla-man!? It didn’t even get explained! No conclusion whatsoever. Stupid movie. Could have been so much better.

  • Eve CNovember 18, 2018Reply

    This film does not deserve 84%!! It goes on forever and never delivers on the atmosphere it creates

  • fabienne mNovember 29, 2018Reply

    good movie about the sometimes sudden insanity of art and life in general

  • Jude BDecember 23, 2018Reply

    Powerful, memorable.

  • Thiam PDecember 29, 2018Reply

    Films that make you uncomfortable are usually good films. This pummels you until you want to slit your throat, while offering a cutting critique of so many issues I shan’t list them.

  • Jeff HJanuary 2, 2019Reply

    The film had just enough flashes of brilliance to keep us watching, hoping for more such moments. Unfortunately, the best moments were separated by much we found tedious or pretentious. In fact, in that respect, the film imitates the major new fictional art exhibits that Christian (the main character) curates. We see these exhibits depicted in the film as either silly (piles of dirt that the custodian mistakenly sweeps up), or metaphorical (the titular Square), or disturbing (the man-beast who terrifies major museum donors in the film’s most effective scene). We also learn that Christian is kind of a dick through his habit of refusing to answer simple questions put to him. Those segments of the film comprise far too much of the film’s 2 1/4 hour length. So many scenes made it difficult to stick with the film, and ultimately, the few brilliant moments were not enough to reward us for our patience. Like Christian’s exhibits, the film has no fixed personality. Some of it is silly, some is metaphorical, and some is downright disturbing.

  • Art SJanuary 13, 2019Reply

    Far from perfect and politically distant from my own views, yet unusual, provocative, and surprising enough to warrant 4 stars (but did it deserve the Palme d’Or?). Director Ruben Östlund hones in on the world of contemporary modern/post-modern art and skewers it rather unsubtly, with those same old-and-worn points suggesting that art is a con-game (even monkeys – or bonobos – can create it; you could put any old object in a museum and call it art; even curators don’t understand the obfuscating jargon used to describe it). A richer vein of inquiry focuses on the presence or absence of altruistic motivation in humans/human society; this is the focus of the artwork/exhibition that the Swedish X-Royal museum, curated by Christian (Claes Bang), is hosting, entitled The Square. “The Square is a sanctuary of trust and caring. Within it we all share equal rights and obligations.” Apparently Östlund has filmed portions of a real exhibition (on trust?) and also modelled the most memorable scene (where a group of rich art patrons is challenged and threatened by a man pretending to be an ape) on a real event that took place in a Swedish museum. That doesn’t take away from the success of the film but it blurs the authorship a bit. Similarly blurry is the take-home point about altruism. Curator Christian is a flawed character: he engages in an altruistic act but is punished for doing so and responds with a misguided attack of his own which has a rippling set of consequences. Östlund foregrounds evolutionary psychology by having Christian ready to engage in indiscriminate sex (but ironically protecting his semen, in a very bizarre scene – perhaps suggesting a modern over-riding of the historical male motive) whereas his latest conquest, played by Elizabeth Moss, embodies the female concern with having an emotional connection with a partner (who can provide security for offspring). Östlund may be satirizing evolutionary psychology – or more probably, he is satirizing our efforts to transcend the baser motives from our ancestral roots (which I believe we can and often should do). In interviews, Östlund refers to humans as herd animals who keep their heads down when there is a threat rather than reach out to help another in distress – a justification for the well-known “bystander effect”. I’m not sure this necessarily works either – or we shouldn’t accept it as an excuse; by having Christian played for a sucker when he does intervene, Östlund highlights our failing ability to trust others in our society. On this point, I think we may agree – it is sad that we have transformed into a society that is fearful of others (and that our politicians utilise this fear for political gain) – but the film offers no solution to this problem. The Square itself is not given the chance it deserves to operate as a way out (I hesitate to say “it takes a village” but that is the point, I think) – and again, perhaps Östlund sees it as unviable. For my mind, however, efforts to build trust and a sense of community (especially where division has been sown) would be worthwhile. Setting aside these deeper points, the film is often funny and sometimes wry in a Roy Andersson way, anecdotal rather than purely plot-driven, suspenseful and discomfort-inducing, and obviously thought-provoking and challenging.

  • Mike VFebruary 1, 2019Reply

    The Square is a 2017 satirical drama film written and directed by Ruben Ostlund.
    This movie certainly is different, containing a few memorable and unique scenes. I can see what the film is trying to achieve, and although there are a number of subplots unfolding together, overall it is too long. Still it is an interesting film, containing a charismatic performance by Bang in the lead role.

  • AnonymousApril 16, 2019Reply

    This is a classic movie where the concept execution loses almost everything. This happens even though the author and director are the same person. No easy feat. Confusing to the viewer, since you are there to suspend reality and believe. The dinner scene is one of the more contrived plots ever committed to film. The irony is obvious, but even the director cannot deliver a movement forward. Disappointing to say the least.

  • Ken RAugust 19, 2019Reply

    At the outset, this good looking project promised to be a grand comment on the foolishness and greed that has taken over aspects of the modern art fraternity – instead, as it progressed, it sadly became precisely what it set out to parody. This is very unfortunate as it shows us the filmmaker may not have been particularly brave enough to deliver a focused message. Cinematographer and director work well together, turning in a visually excellent movie but this is far from good enough. With a script that ultimately offers little commitment, shape or true soul – it simply becomes a series of stylish but poorly connected sequences – pretentiously shouting to the viewer “look at my savvy creativity”.

    Come the half-way mark of this unnecessarily over-long, disconnected effort, it becomes painfully obvious that we, the audience, are the ones being conned. Performances are uniformly good but, as for listing several international actors as stars – this is simply dishonest marketing – call them what they are: ‘Guest Stars’.

    Then, we have the director/writer/co-editor indulging his fetishes by using (or is it abusing) actress Elizabeth Moss for a gratuitous sex scene that’s initiated from simplistic ‘c’ word utterances. This segment goes on to simply culminate in one (of many) plot dead-ends – tending to look rather obviously added for its sensationalistic elements, then ultimately, coming across as simply perverse. Another major sequence features a man violently ‘aping’ an Ape which goes on far too long – only to also lead to yet another dead-end (with the truly shocking end result left hanging).

    Many will be seduced by this low approach to ‘high-art’ (just as the awards groups seem to be) but looking at the bulk of user comments (caringly penned by those who bought tickets and invested valuable time to see this so-called ‘parody’)…it becomes abundantly clear many observant viewers were awake to its superficial deceptions. Several mainstream critics were also honest enough to call it out for what it was.

    While some might rave, for equally as many, it’s just another disappointing cop-out.

  • Matteo PSeptember 6, 2019Reply

    Non compreso da molti nel mio paese. regia superlativa, fotografia eccezionale, interpretato da 10.

  • A COctober 9, 2019Reply

    This documentary will CHANGE YOUR PERSPECTIVE and make you feel that there is much more to learn behind the media agenda, which has, for decades, pushed against Michael Jackson!
    It includes COURT WITNESSES and, that alone speaks volumes, as we never heard of them before!
    I definitely stand for the Truth and Justice, and this documentary shows it in a very clear way!
    Everyone should watch it and understand how and why it all started.

  • D AJanuary 26, 2020Reply

    Watched The Square in the OV, that was great. I really enjoyed it, despite the lenght, it had wit and encouraged the viewer to think. The acting was great. This movie is most certainly on the rewatch list

  • Sotiris KMarch 15, 2020Reply

    It’s quite an original film but it seems to me that it could be a bit shorter and less didactic.

  • Arseniy VMarch 21, 2020Reply

    Lovely exploration of the many indignities our animal roots bestow upon us.

  • Eduardo PJune 1, 2020Reply

    Good story, very good actors. Much critics of ” modern art” and human behaviours. It could be much better avoiding some stuff trying to make laugh unnecessarily.

  • Lukas vJune 6, 2020Reply

    The thing if you are an art person. Where this goes wrong that’s what makes it interesting. A look and feel movie!

  • Nilufer EJune 8, 2020Reply

    I had extremely high expectations but it was full of artsy references that didn’t quite achieve for me. The critical part of it between the social classes was on point. Oleg’s monkey scene is something I won’t forget but the one night stand and the conversations after that were nonsense.

  • Eric WJune 10, 2020Reply

    THE SQUARE is a movie of awesome scenes placed together in a manner that describes a narrative theme without being too abstract to be indecipherable.

  • Emanuele PJune 12, 2020Reply

    Must see if You are the contemporary-art type. And like unpredictable movies. Awesome

  • Lars KJune 14, 2020Reply

    Be careful to characterize people from theirs fine words.

  • Adam HJune 21, 2020Reply

    Such a good film. Not the shortest but well worth the watch.

  • Ola GAugust 13, 2020Reply

    Christian (Claes Bang) is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum X-Royal in Stockholm, 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…

    At Cannes, critical reception was largely positive, though it was not expected to win the Palme d’Or. Variety’s Owen Gleiberman called the film “a suavely merciless take-down of the decadence of the contemporary art world,” remarking the museum depicted is motivated by greed, and the film is “more outrageous but less effective than Force Majeure.” Peter Bradshaw gave it four stars in The Guardian, judging it a “sprawling and daringly surreal satire”. In The Hollywood Reporter, Todd McCarthy called it “madly ambitious and frequently disquieting”, suggesting it might try to include too much, but had an impact. Robbie Collin gave it four stars in The Daily Telegraph, finding the first hour cleverly satirical, and a later scene horrific. Conversely, IndieWire critic Eric Kohn was disappointed by its over-indulgence and lack of structure, calling it “a Pollock canvas of weird ideas tossed at the audience in search of a singular narrative, some of which stick better than others.” Writing for Sight & Sound, Giovanni Marchini Camia argued that the film was overlong but that the dinner scene was “a veritable tour de force”, which he suggested could have made a great short film. Rotten Tomatoes critical consensus reads, “The Square finds writer-director Ruben Östlund as ambitious as ever — and delivering an unforgettably unusual work whose challenging themes pay thought-provoking dividends.”

    Ruben Östlund has a unique way of telling his stories. Often based with the foundation of a specific happening and the following consequences. And that goes for “The Square” as well. “The Square” is an intriguing satire with great acting and great cinematography. You are not really sure what´s going to happen and I do like that. Is it a Palme D´or winner in my eyes? No, and yet it did win. I don´t think that Östlund fully connect the dots in the end, but that´s my opinion. The film was entered into the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, where it received positive reviews and won the Palme d’Or. It was subsequently selected for the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. It went on to win six European Film Awards, including Best Film; two Guldbagge Awards, including Best Director; and other honours. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards.

  • rose sAugust 19, 2020Reply

    I watched this based on the reviews and liking the actors. I turned it off after 45 minutes because I thought it was weird, boring and too strange of a plot to hold my interest. Very puzzling to me as to why anyone would like this movie.

  • Phillip MAugust 29, 2020Reply

    Artsy-fartsy movies are very hit or miss for me. Artsy-fartsy movies about art are almost always going to be a no. Enter The Square, a movie about an art curator who is preparing to launch his next exhibit called…The Square. I wish I could simply tell you to just not watch the movie, but I need to tell you why so here goes…

    Acting: 10
    How phenomenal is Elisabeth Moss? I appreciate the roles she takes on and I appreciate the obvious time and energy she puts into each. While she is supporting here, I certainly felt the most impact from her role. Sure Claes Bang was solid in the lead role as Christian, but this movie would have been damn near unbearable without Moss. The acting definitely didn’t hinder the success of this movie.

    Beginning: 4

    Characters: 9

    Cinematography/Visuals: 9
    For all of its flaws, the movie is at the very least gorgeous. I loved the dark and ominous tones throughout that represented a certain foreshadowing. Bright colors and shadows are played with perfectly. Director Ruben Ostlund does a magnificent job of creating an off-putting effect that casts a cloud over the movie (in a good way).

    Conflict: 5

    Entertainment Value: 3
    From the beginning of this movie to its lackluster conclusion, I was just bored throughout. Like really bored. Like “When does this end? Oh my God, it’s almost 2 1/2 hours!” bored. Moss was great, but she wasn’t enough to save a work of art that is so boring and unmoving. Snoozefest.

    Memorability: 3
    Sure the Human Monkey Scene stands out as something to remember, but even that ultimately became annoying after watching three minutes of it. Nothing stood out in the entire 142 minutes of The Square. It suffers from no edification or value overall.

    Pace: 5

    Plot: 4

    Resolution: 2

    Overall: 54
    Rule of Thumb: If you’re going to make a movie that’s well over two hours, you have to keep people interested right out of the gates. Otherwise, what’s really the point? That’s what I found myself asking every second of The Square. Not recommended in the least.

  • Richard JDecember 25, 2020Reply

    A waste of 2 1/2 hours.

  • Jeremy LDecember 27, 2020Reply

    Very funny satire of the ostentatious art world. Great gags and super awkward!

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