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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Raymond Yale
... Carla Smith
... Jake
... Gil Hubbard
... Barney
Stephen Weston ... Charlie
Lisa Bailey ... Wendy
... Martha Yale
... Greg 'Smithy' Smith
... Eddie
... Leonard Long
... Smithy's Mate
... Smithy's Mate
... Billy
... 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 an 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. 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)  »

Also Known As:

En lieu sûr  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$17,092, 11 April 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$47,174, 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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Sand
Written by Ben Lee & Angie Hart
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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Australian Coen Brothers?
16 June 2008 | by See all my reviews

A bag of money, an illicit affair, and a decision that has disastrous effects plunge our protagonist into a downward spiral with more plot twists than a corkscrew. Written by actor Joel Edgerton (with co-writer Matthew Dabney) and directed by brother Nash this enthralling thriller had the audience at its 2008 Sydney Film Festival debut on the "edgertons" of their seats.The many surprising turns in the story are made completely plausible by a superb cast lead by David Roberts and including the actor brother. And check out the parallel relationship between the lovers' dogs and its surprising denouement! A very impressive first feature from a director whose short films have been widely acclaimed. If you like the Coen brothers films then THE SQUARE is for you.


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