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The Square (2008)

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

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Carla Smith
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Martha Yale
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Leonard Long
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Lily (as Hannah Mangan-Lawrence)
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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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A Secret Affair. A Ruthless Betrayal. A Brutal Revenge. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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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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En lieu sûr  »

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$16,359 (USA) (27 October 2013)

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$47,174 (USA) (8 November 2013)
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Nash Edgerton's first feature film. See more »

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Gil Hubbard: One man points his dick the wrong direction, and here we are...
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Featured in Maltin on Movies: The American (2010) See more »

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No Secrets
Written by Doc Neeson (as B Neeson) & Graham Bidstrup (as G Bidstrup)
Published by J Albert & Son Pty Ltd
Performed by The Angels
Licensed courtesy of Albert Music & Liberation
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A Shaggy Dog and More!
5 June 2010 | by (FLA-GA) – See all my reviews

With cheap Christmas stuff coiled around most of it's Aussie edges, "The Square" was suspenseful and fun to watch. The stupidity of the main characters, like most film noir, set-up a nasty sequence of events that become complicated by twisted motives and coincidental plot developments. Our main character, Ray Yale, is as pathetic as his mistress, Carla Smith, is desperate, and we know that they're both going to suffer some heavy consequences for their selfishness. Still, we hardly imagine that so much is going to go so brilliantly wrong.

The director, Nash Edgerton, must have enjoyed playing with all the production values of "The Square" as much as his brother, Joel, enjoyed writing the story upon which the screenplay evolved. I mean, really, can anyone think of a better name for a contemporary interpreter of the genre than a chap named Nash Edgerton? Not only did we get the usual dark images and sweaty brows, but Edgerton was also able to provide a shaggy dog and a baby, too! "The Square" is a film that should entertain most people who enjoy the film noir genre.


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