The Square (2008)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  31 July 2008 (Australia)
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A man's life begins to unravel when his mistress brings him a bag of cash.


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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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31 July 2008 (Australia)  »

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$17,092 (USA) (9 April 2010)


$47,174 (USA) (8 November 2013)

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16 June 2008 | by (Sydney) – See all my reviews

A bag of money, an illicit affair, and a decision that has disastrous effects plunge our protagonist into a downward spiral with more plot twists than a corkscrew. Written by actor Joel Edgerton (with co-writer Matthew Dabney) and directed by brother Nash this enthralling thriller had the audience at its 2008 Sydney Film Festival debut on the "edgertons" of their seats.The many surprising turns in the story are made completely plausible by a superb cast lead by David Roberts and including the actor brother. And check out the parallel relationship between the lovers' dogs and its surprising denouement! A very impressive first feature from a director whose short films have been widely acclaimed. If you like the Coen brothers films then THE SQUARE is for you.

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