Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, The Square is the new film from celebrated director Ruben Östlund (Force Majeure), a sprawling, jaw-dropping satire centered on a Swedish art museum and a PR stunt that goes horribly wrong.
“A potent, disturbing work … madly ambitious and frequently disquieting.” – Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter
Christian (Claes Bang) 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 increasingly shameful situations. Meanwhile, the museum’s PR agency has created an unexpected campaign for “The Square.” The response is wildly overblown, thanks in part to an American journalist (Elisabeth Moss), which sends Christian, as well as the museum, into a messy existential crisis. (Dir. by Ruben Östlund , Sweden/Germany/France/Denmark, in English/Swedish/Danish with English subtitles, 142 mins., Not Rated)
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