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The Square

Movie
2017
2h 31m
R
English
Drama
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7.1
Critic Score: 
79
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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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The Square

R
Movie
2017
2h 31m
English
Drama
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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Directed By: Ruben Östlund
Written By: Ruben Östlund

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sistersolaris says...
5 years ago
"What is the point of that? Nothing, that was the point." A critique of art-world pomposity and self-importance. But also an exploration of empathy. Gloriously skewering art world pretension, liberal guilt and the patronising middle class. Horrific or darkly comic depending on your point of view. Satire of the top tier. A film by an artist who recognizes art can't save the world. But it can at least help us laugh at it.
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passy says...
4 years ago
The Square is more a series of loosely connected vignettes than one cohesive story. I almost got distracted while watching for the connective tissue, but the only through-line is the search for help and the theme of power imbalance and domination. Despite the long runtime and the feeling of something missing tying it all together, I was never bored, which is testament to the excellent direction and camera work. There is so much beautiful symbolism, giving you always something to look out for in almost every frame.
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Nancy L Draper says...
4 years ago
Rarely do I give up on a movie. Even bad ones I will try to finish to give the filmmaker a chance to complete their dialogue. But this one exceeded my tolerance. It was meant to be a bitting satire about the pretentiousness of art speaking nothing but claiming to have an inspired depth but it ended up being just what it was deriding. I could only hang in for 54 minutes. Despite a great cast, and a nomination for Best Foreign Language Film by the 90th Oscars, this was just a bad, boring, vacant movie. I give it a 3 (bad) out of 10. [Drama?]
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ecnef says...
3 years ago
So yeah, this film... I mean I kept waiting for something to happen, and nothing ever really came of anything. but in the end, despite that, it was still sorta interesting. http://www.susanhatedliterature.net/2019/03/the-square/
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Ibrakadabra
CONTAINS SPOILERS8/10  5 years ago
The Square is great. It will hopefully not become just a hidden gem, after winning Palme d’Or at Cannes.
I should emphasize that it brings up serious social issues, which are worthy to contemplate about, but it also holds lots of funny moments. (sex scene and the talk after that, how that poor More
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j0ng
4 years ago
I'm not a great fan of dramas, but this was an entertaining film. I gave this 4 stars just for the ape scene.
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