Palme d'Or-winning satirical drama from Swedish helmer Ruben Östlund (Force Majeure). Stars Claes Bang and Elisabeth Moss.
"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." (Cannes Film Festival)
Winner of the Palme d'Or, 2017 Cannes Film Festival
2017Rating: M, Violence, sexual violence, offensive language & sex scenes147 minsSweden, Germany, France, DenmarkEnglish and Swedish with English subtitles
Ruben Östlund’s Force Majeure took aim at a specific type of wounded masculinity, in ways that veered between comedy and tragedy. In his new film The Square, a similar satirical lens is applied to the art world. It might seem like low-hanging fruit, and Östlund definitely takes a few pot shots at pretension, but he lets his comically-barbed scenarios meander into other unexpected territories.
The ‘shot reverse shot’ is among film and television’s most common editing techniques, used to reveal who a character is looking at and the person returning their gaze. It imparts a sense of stability, continuity and clarity. These bedrock comforts are deliberately eschewed – and the basic rule of the shot reverse shot upturned – in service of a thoroughly unsettlingly psychological effect in Swedish writer/director Ruben Östlund's new film The Square.