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A man's life begins to unravel when his mistress brings him a bag of cash.

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Lovers Ray and Carla plan to burn down her house at Christmas, to run off with her husband's drug money. Ray has a side scheme going too, taking kickbacks on the love hotel project whose construction he's managing. The suburban Aussie marrieds live across a river from each other, the much older, domesticated Ray in a upper middle-class neighborhood, Carla on the wrong side of the water. The cheaters will lure their families to the same Christmas picnic celebration, to provide alibis while still being able to sneak off and chat about the arson. Carla's tow-truck owner hubby, Smithy, is a fearsome tough to cross, so will the philanderers' holiday gifts come through, or explode in their lying faces ? Written by David Stevens

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christmas | arson | love | money | car accident | See more »

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Some things can't be buried.

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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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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$47,174 (USA) (8 November 2013)
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Widely misunderstood
27 September 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

People rip this movie for not having a "credible plot" -- I think it's a ridiculous complaint, when that is exactly the point of the movie: it gets so tangled up, things go so over-the-top terribly wrong, that it becomes a black comedy. It's an intensively cruel, sadistic play on director/writer's N. Edgerton's part, who had shown his morbid and absurd sense of humor prior with the ingenious short feature "Spider", and it's at the heart of this movie.

The lead character of the movie, Raymond Yale descends into noir hell: every step he takes is a misstep, and every misstep leads him into bigger and bigger mess. The Square is intense, absurd, suspenseful, and outrageously fun.


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