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The Square (2017)

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A prestigious Stockholm museum's chief art curator finds himself in times of both professional and personal crisis as he attempts to set up a controversial new exhibit.

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Ruben Östlund

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Ruben Östlund
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Stars: Anas Abdirahman, Sebastian Blyckert, Yannick Diakité
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Claes Bang ... Christian
Elisabeth Moss ... Anne
Dominic West ... Julian
Terry Notary ... Oleg
Christopher Læssø Christopher Læssø ... Michael
Lise Stephenson Engström Lise Stephenson Engström ... Daughter
Lilianne Mardon Lilianne Mardon ... Daughter
Marina Schiptjenko Marina Schiptjenko ... Elna
Annica Liljeblad ... Sonja
Elijandro Edouard Elijandro Edouard ... Boy with Letter
Daniel Hallberg Daniel Hallberg ... Dark-Haired Advertising Agent
Martin Sööder Martin Sööder ... Blond Advertising Agent
John Nordling John Nordling ... Account Manager
Maja Gödicke Maja Gödicke ... Marketing First Assistant
Nicki Dar Nicki Dar ... Nicki
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Christian is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum, a divorced but devoted father of two who drives an electric car and supports good causes. His next show is "The Square", an installation which invites passersby to altruism, reminding them of their role as responsible fellow human beings. But sometimes, it is difficult to live up to your own ideals: Christian's foolish response to the theft of his phone drags him into shameful situations. Meanwhile, the museum's PR agency has created an unexpected campaign for "The Square". The response is overblown and sends Christian, as well as the museum, into an existential crisis.

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language, some strong sexual content, and brief violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

Sweden | Germany | France | Denmark

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English | Swedish | Danish

Release Date:

25 August 2017 (Sweden) See more »

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Квадрат See more »

Filming Locations:

Gothenburg, Sweden See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$74,233, 29 October 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,502,347, 22 March 2018
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The incident where Christian's cell phone is stolen is based on the real life experience of director Ruben Östlund, whose friend was robbed in a similar way. See more »

Goofs

In the closing titles of "The Girl With A Kitten" clip, the Hebrew version is wrong: the English noun "square" appears in Hebrew as "an open space in a city" rather than "rectangle with all sides equal"). See more »

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Christian: The Square is a sanctuary of trust and caring. Within it we all share equal rights and obligations.
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The Square Has Some Great Corners, but It's Irregularly Shaped
9 December 2017 | by texsheltersSee all my reviews

The Square: In the Square, the art-house is free to survive

The Square has some great moments and a very disjointed plot. Some of the scenes are spot-on critiques of the art world. However, the movie wanders aimlessly without a thread that drives the plot from beginning to end. The main thing the audience learns is that the director of the modern art gallery is a self centered, arrogant racist, which isn't much to hang a film on let alone get people excited about. I don't mind terrible protagonists, but give me one strong, main plot, instead of three or more weak ones.

Claes Bang plays the museum director, Christian, and some of his dialogue is hilarious. Anne, Elisabeth Moss, has a one night stand with the arrogant Christian and she wants more. But then that plot line dies and another about Mr. Bang's missing wallet takes over. None of the story lines are fully developed and it makes a film about modern art too artsy and annoying. Luckily the dialogue and bizarre situations in the film make The Square worth a look.

The filming and scenes are fine, but I didn't walk away amazed. The music was uninspired, but it is better than being cloying and obtrusive like so many soundtracks have been this decade, Dunkirk being one of the worst examples of this.

Rating: Matinée. There are plenty of interesting things to see and enjoy in The Square. Revelations about life are art are not among them.

Peace, Tex Shelters


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