The Square

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  • R
  • 2017
  • 2 hr 22 min
  • 7.1  (76,450)
  • 73

The Square is a satirical drama film that premiered in 2017. It was directed and written by Ruben Östlund and stars Claes Bang as its lead character, Christian. The movie follows the life of Christian, who is the curator of a modern art museum in Stockholm. The plot of this movie is driven by Christian's personal and professional issues, which ultimately collide and create tension. At the beginning of the movie, we see Christian running into trouble when he becomes the victim of a pickpocketing scam. This event leads him to take a risk to find his stolen items by distributing threatening letters to the apartments in a nearby complex he believes may have his stolen phone.

Meanwhile, Christian is also occupied with his job at the museum. He is in the process of launching a new exhibition, titled 'The Square', which he believes will be a major success. The installation is meant to be an emblem of altruism, a place where people can come to seek solace and support one another. However, things do not go as planned, and things become complicated when he participates in a publicity stunt gone wrong.

Elisabeth Moss plays the role of Anne, a journalist who interviews Christian for an article in a leading publication. In their conversations, Christian shares his thoughts about his work and love life. At the same time, he is dealing with a problematic relationship with his ex-wife.

The Square creates a social commentary on various issues like power and privilege, and self-centeredness of society. It takes a critical look at the art world and the people involved in it. The movie explores how the shiny veneer of the art world can quickly dissolve, revealing a more complicated and darker world underneath.

The Square infuses humor into the heavy themes and succeeds in balancing comedy with drama, which keeps the audience engaged. Its creative use of camera angles, lighting, and sound is brilliant, adding depth to its themes. This film won many awards, including the prestigious Palme d'Or at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.

The cast is excellent, and Claes Bang delivers a fantastic performance as Christian, the struggling curator. Elisabeth Moss' performance as the inquisitive journalist is also noteworthy. The supporting cast, including Dominic West, plays the role of a famous artist named Julian, and Terry Notary as an actor performing the role of an ape in a bizarre performance, was remarkable.

Overall, The Square is a thought-provoking movie that has more depth than what meets the eye. The film's themes are relevant and topical, which raises insightful questions about society, power, and privilege. It's a must-watch movie, and an excellent representation of the creative approach of European cinema.

The Square is a 2017 drama with a runtime of 2 hours and 22 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.1 and a MetaScore of 73.

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