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The Square – Review

by Phoenix Archer


4/5


Be warned! Like a dense cake, The Square has many rich and satisfying layers; the problem is, by the end of the film you are not really sure if you have quite yet had your fill. Thematically, it explores the contrasts between the rich and poor, the differences between single and family life, as well as the limits of what it is to act humanely. The film concerns the fanfare surrounding an art installation, partly inspired by one similar created by the film’s director, Ruben Östlund, and producer, Kalle Boman. Anyone who has ever worked in a museum will feel catharsis in watching the maddening consequences that can come about when a bad PR situation arises. The rapid scene changes throughout give the impression that the film itself is an art piece or dreamscape. There is a humorous element too; one memorable scene sees museum curator Christian (Claes Bang) encounter an unusual flatmate of Anne (Elisabeth Moss), to comedic effect. The odd thing about The Square is that it winds on well enough for the audience not to realise over two hours have passed, and in all it is enjoyable enough that you are left wanting to join Christian for the ride.

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