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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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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.

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

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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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Words & Music by Ernest Franklin
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square deal of a movie
22 June 2010 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

It helps to know absolutely nothing about "The Square" before watching it, just so that it can hit you harder. Nash Edgerton's film depicts an affair between construction foreman Ray (David Roberts) and housewife Carla (Claire van der Boom) which leads to disastrous events. The mud created by the rain in some scenes is nothing compared to what is happening as part of the plot. Many of the shots are not lit entirely, adding to the unpleasant feeling.

Without a doubt, the movie portrays a much grittier side of Australia than we often see in movies. The land down under is often associated with Crocodile Dundee or Aboriginal culture. What "The Square" depicts is closer to what we see in Guy Ritchie's movies, except that the events here are no laughing matter. This is as gut-busting as can be, especially with what happens at the end. But don't get me wrong, it's definitely worth seeing...unless you have a weak stomach.

Also starring Joel Edgerton, Anthony Hayes, Peter Phelps and Bill Hunter.


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