The Square

October 24th, 2017


The Square

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Release Year: 2017

Rating: 7.8/10 ( voted)

Critic's Score: /100

Director: Ruben Östlund

Stars: Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West

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.

Claes Bang - Christian
Elisabeth Moss - Anne
Dominic West - Julian
Terry Notary - Oleg
Christopher Læssø - Michael
Marina Schiptjenko -
Elijandro Edouard -
Daniel Hallberg -
Martin Sööder -
Sofie Hamilton - Robber
Linda Anborg - Linda, red carpet
Emelie Beckius - Businesswoman
Peter Diaz - Gallery guest
Sarah Giercksky - Extra
Kolya Hardy - The Coach


Official Website: Official Facebook [UK] | Official site |

Country: Sweden, Germany, France, Denmark

Language: English, Swedish, Danish

Release Date: 3 Jan 2017

Filming Locations: Gothenburg, Sweden

Opening Weekend: NOK 406,148 (Norway) (1 October 2017)

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User Review


Rating: 8/10

This is a hard film to describe and an even harder film to review but I'm going to try my best to express how I felt about it.

In an attempt to put it simply, The Square follows a modern art museum curator named Christian (played by Claes Bang), and some increasingly strange experiences which shape his views and understandings of the world he lives in and the people around him.

I had the chance to see this film on opening night at the New Zealand International Film Festival, and I am so glad I did. The Square plays like an increasingly bizarre farce, and while the film is indeed very funny (sometimes in shocking ways) it provides a consistently fascinating look at our behavior as people in society. Now I realize that isn't necessarily innovative for a film in 2017, but The Square dares to pose increasingly uncomfortable questions to its audience.

From the inherent narcissism of even the most ordinary of people, to the shallowness of popular culture, to the complex behaviors and interactions between people of disparate backgrounds. Again, these ideas are not necessarily novel, but the film presents them in a way that is consistently entertaining - even when certain exchanges on- screen are uncomfortable. There is a scene that takes place at a gathering of elite artists and sponsors that is as squirm-inducing as anything I've seen all year.

I would warn that this is not a film for everyone. The pacing is uneven, the structure is unusual, and there isn't a whole lot of forward momentum to propel the film forward. But, if you are willing to meet the film halfway, I think you're in for a fascinating, shocking, hilarious and uncomfortable (skewered) mirror into the society we live in.


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