The Square (2017)

The Square (2017)

The Square (2017)

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
ComedyDramaWorld Cinema
87%
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Reviews & comments

Vulture

Vulture

press

Most of the film’s best scenes could function as their own short film; string enough of them together and they all shed different light on a central theme, though never quite fully articulating it.

0
Variety

Variety

press

It’s two hours and 22 minutes long, and though it has a strong first half, the more it goes on the less it hangs together.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

If the film has any flaw, it could be that it juggles too many good ideas. But why complain about that?

4.0
0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

Slow burn – and at almost two and a half hours, the burn here is positively languid – has a culminative force that can’t be resisted.

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

"The Square" is ultimately a long version of Christian's rambling apology, ostentatiously smart, maybe too much so for its own good, but ultimately complacent, craven and clueless.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

It doesn’t have the pure weapon-like clarity of Östlund’s previous film Force Majeure. But it sets out to make your jaw drop. And it succeeds.

4.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

It affirms that art, this movie very much included, can tell us things about ourselves that we'd prefer not to know.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

...a potent, disturbing work that explores the boundaries of political correctness, artistic liberty and free speech in provocative ways...

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

Unmissable.

0

The 2017 Cannes Palme d’Or winner, directed by Ruben Ostlund, is best described as a Swedish take on Luis Buñuel’s darkly funny social satire, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, only set in a museum and with a human gorilla impersonator. By turns wildly funny, provocative and chilling, this is modern metaphorical surrealism that fans of Ostlund’s Force...

4.0
0
Vulture

Vulture

press

Most of the film’s best scenes could function as their own short film; string enough of them together and they all shed different light on a central theme, though never quite fully articulating it.

0
Variety

Variety

press

It’s two hours and 22 minutes long, and though it has a strong first half, the more it goes on the less it hangs together.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

If the film has any flaw, it could be that it juggles too many good ideas. But why complain about that?

4.0
0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

Slow burn – and at almost two and a half hours, the burn here is positively languid – has a culminative force that can’t be resisted.

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

"The Square" is ultimately a long version of Christian's rambling apology, ostentatiously smart, maybe too much so for its own good, but ultimately complacent, craven and clueless.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

It doesn’t have the pure weapon-like clarity of Östlund’s previous film Force Majeure. But it sets out to make your jaw drop. And it succeeds.

4.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

It affirms that art, this movie very much included, can tell us things about ourselves that we'd prefer not to know.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

...a potent, disturbing work that explores the boundaries of political correctness, artistic liberty and free speech in provocative ways...

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

Unmissable.

0

The 2017 Cannes Palme d’Or winner, directed by Ruben Ostlund, is best described as a Swedish take on Luis Buñuel’s darkly funny social satire, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, only set in a museum and with a human gorilla impersonator. By turns wildly funny, provocative and chilling, this is modern metaphorical surrealism that fans of Ostlund’s...

4.0
0