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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Phelps ...
Stephen Weston ...
Lisa Bailey ...
Lucy Bell ...
Martha Yale
Leonard Long
Smithy's Mate
Smithy's Mate
Lily (as Hannah Mangan-Lawrence)


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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Some things can't be buried.


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

31 July 2008 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

En lieu sûr  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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2.35 : 1
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Nash Edgerton's first feature film. See more »


This Life Is Sweet
Written by Ben Lee
Performed by Jessica Chapnik Kahn (as Jessica Chapnik)
Produced by Ben Lee and Nic Johns
Courtesy of Inertia/New West Records
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The best plans by laid men
5 October 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this overlooked Aussie flick because it less than predictably shows you that no matter how carefully you plan something and whittle it down to it's simplest form, the universe is chaotic and the butterfly effect can put the screws to your carefully built house of card. And yes, the whole plot here is a house of cards with one lie covering up another and another until the two characters spiral downwards into a chasm of self destruction and loss of control. For our two cheating main characters, it gets a little Kafkaesque as the circle of poison and snowballing of deceit begins to collapse in on itself and destroys everyone around them. This story has been done before but I thought The Square did a good job of telling it from yet another angle.

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