THE SQUARE (2017)
2017, Magnolia Pictures, 142 min, Sweden/Germany/France/Denmark, Dir: Ruben Östlund

In the latest from writer-director Ruben Östlund (FORCE MAJEURE), Claes Bang stars as Christian, 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 that 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, and 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. Costarring Elisabeth Moss and Dominic West, this droll satire won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. “THE SQUARE is darkly amusing, but it’s also bracingly honest in its absurdity, and that’s what kept me coming back to each one of its wonderfully knotty scenarios even months after seeing it.” – David Sims, The Atlantic


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