Directed by Ruben Östlund. Sweden. 2017. R. 2 hours 22 minutes. Magnolia Pictures. Digital.
Fri., November 17, 2017 thru Thu., November 30, 2017
Ends Thu, Nov 30.
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.
“Whether peeling back the brittle surface of Scandinavian liberal democracy (“Play”) or prodding the wobbly foundations of the nuclear family (“Force Majeure”), the forty-three-year-old Östlund is one of the sharpest and funniest satirists working today. – Dennis Lim, ArtForum
“Ruben Östlund’s The Square, which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes this past May, probably says more about the times we’re living in than any other film you’re likely to see this year. And yet the beauty of the movie is that everybody will have their own ideas about what, exactly, it is saying.” – Bilge Ebiri, The Village Voice
“It’s helpful to think about Ruben Östlund’s meandering The Square as a museum, not unlike the one its protagonist runs. Östlund takes us through room after room of absurd, uncomfortable situations, provocations for us to either engage with or recoil from. …Östlund’s eye for the subtleties of human behavior, especially public behavior, never fails.” – Emily Yoshida, Vulture
Access reviews at Metacritic.com.