The Square

The Square

DVD - 2018
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A satirical drama reflecting the times, about the sense of community, moral courage and the affluent person's need for egocentricity in an increasingly uncertain world.
Publisher: [United States] :, Magnolia Home Entertainment,, [2018]
Branch Call Number: DVD FICTION SQU
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (108 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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List - Giggles Galore
Dobrila_T Apr 30, 2018

From the creator of Force Majeure comes a funny and well-assembled satire about modern art and cultural elitism.

List - And the Oscar Goes To...
Dieu_D Feb 12, 2018

Nominated for Foreign Language Film.


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JCLIanH Nov 14, 2018

Darkly comic, razor sharp, a golden skewer for hypocritical haves of the world, a lampoon disguised as an art film, a perfect portrayal of a modern coward. The Square has all of these things. I suppose that the joke is on everyone, and I'm perfectly fine with that.

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akirakato
Oct 01, 2018

Written and directed by Ruben Östlund in 2017, this Swedish drama depicts the life of a curator of a contemporary art museum.
It appears like an overlong experimental film of a bad student.
There seems to be a deficiency in script and lack of coherence in the storyline.
The dinner scene turns into a disgusting and terrible disaster I hate from the bottom of my heart.
In a nutshell, this film is a total flop.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 23, 2018

This dramatic comedy movie is about a curator who hires a public relations team to draw people in to his new Swedish Museum. I felt like this movie had just the appropriate amount of dark comedy that allowed it to shine without taking away from the seriousness of the film. The actors portray their characters fairly well, and there was never really a dull moment throughout the film. I would have preferred a more exciting story ending, but it didn’t take away too much from the overall impact of the film. I would rate this movie 3.5/5 stars and recommend it to those who like slightly out there films with a simple story. @The_Reviewer of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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davem753
Sep 11, 2018

I can appreciate an "artsy" or political movie as well as anyone else, but this movie just didn't do much for me. I spent the first half of the movie trying to figure out what the point was and then, when I realized it's 2.5 hours long, I really wished I hadn't started in the first place. This movie was really quite disorganized - didn't flow well and seemed like it just went from quagmire to quagmire without really selling anything. Calling this movie a comedy is false advertising. It's one thing to have a few chuckles, but as a whole, this was not a comedy. Frankly, I got more laughs out of Star Trek 5.

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Janice21383
Aug 29, 2018

Dust-dry humour about a museum curator's PR nightmare. We think of Sweden as a caring and civilized society, but writer/director Ruben Östlund is here to puncture pretensions and give his characters holy hell. He starts here with an excellent premise, but doesn't go far with it, unlike in his superior Force Majeure. I suggest you watch that film first, to find out if Östlund's films are for you. The Square's lead actor, Claes Bang, is simultaneously handsome, funny, and ratlike. He and Elizabeth Moss have some of the best scenes.

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misatim
Jul 30, 2018

The sets are great, the story lacking, the acting is ok. Overall I found it uninteresting

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Me_Tarzan
Jul 14, 2018

Shame! Shame! Shame! on "The Square" for its incessantly gabby bullshit and for the guilt-trip that it tried to lay on any viewer who wasn't a homeless person.

Being a non-homeless person, myself - I lived in Vancouver's Strathcona neighborhood for a number of years (which is right next door to Skid-Row Capital) - And, at that time, I saw 2 beautiful buildings go up in that area that were specifically meant to house the homeless.

Well - Within 6 months both of these buildings were an utter mess of litter, filth, and excrement. And the reason why this was so was because the homeless don't give a damn about anything, and they don't respect anything, or anybody.

These people, who are always screaming for their rights, want the rest of society to always be cleaning up after them and always taking care of them. They refuse to take responsibility for anything in their lives (though they are quite capable of doing so).

And, so - With that in mind - I refuse to have some narrow-minded, little movie, like "The Square", lay its bullshit guilt-trip on me.

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Nursebob
Jul 14, 2018

The “take no prisoners” approach which writer/Director Ruben Östlund applied to male machismo in last year’s "Force Majeur" now finds targets in artistic narcissism and left vs right pretensions and no one emerges unscathed. When the curator of an avant garde museum of modern art is robbed, a hare-brained scheme to recover his stuff gets him into hot water with a truculent ten-year old immigrant; an attempt to promote the museum’s newest installation—a 4m by 4m square delineating a place where all are supposedly equal—results in an incendiary youtube video that immediately goes viral; and a “primal” performance piece elicits a herd response from a banquet hall full of Stockholm’s upper crust... And this is only a taste of the satirical delights Östlund delivers with his usual deadpan seriousness. Hilarious tangents blur the lines and gleefully mock both art and marketing, the battle of the sexes, western guilt, and the cult of political correctness. One of my top films at last year's VIFF!

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uncommonreader
Jul 13, 2018

There are some good scenes, mostly about modern art, but overall, a little too mad.

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empbee
Jul 06, 2018

There are some good moments in it; funny, moralizing, stretched.

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May 09, 2018

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Ron@Ottawa
Mar 05, 2018

Sexual Content: One sex scene between a man and a woman.

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