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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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Nash Edgerton
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Roberts ... Raymond Yale
Claire van der Boom ... Carla Smith
Peter Phelps ... Jake
Bill Hunter ... Gil Hubbard
Kieran Darcy-Smith ... Barney
Stephen Weston Stephen Weston ... Charlie
Lisa Bailey Lisa Bailey ... Wendy
Lucy Bell ... Martha Yale
Anthony Hayes ... Greg 'Smithy' Smith
Damon Herriman ... Eddie
Brendan Donoghue ... Leonard Long
Luke Doolan ... Smithy's Mate
Greg Hatton ... Smithy's Mate
Joel Edgerton ... Billy
Hanna Mangan Lawrence ... Lily (as Hannah Mangan-Lawrence)
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

A Secret Affair. A Ruthless Betrayal. A Brutal Revenge. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 July 2008 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

En lieu sûr See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,092, 11 April 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$47,174, 8 November 2013
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Nash Edgerton's first feature film. See more »

Quotes

Gil Hubbard: One man points his dick the wrong direction, and here we are...
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Soundtracks

I'm Going To Have A Merry Christmas
Words & Music by Ernest Franklin
Performed by Tommy Spender
Produced and Recorded by Cornel Wilczek & James Cecil
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square deal of a movie
22 June 2010 | by lee_eisenbergSee 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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