Fresh from winning the Cannes Palme d’Or the new film by Ruben Östlund (Play; Force Majeure) is a hilarious, outrageous satire of the art world. Christian (Claes Bang) is the urbane curator of a contemporary art museum, a sophisticated and eloquent defender of artistic expression.
As he prepares for his next show "The Square" – an installation promoting altruism – his mobile phone and wallet are stolen in an elaborate pickpocketing scheme. Christian decides on a course of revenge, leading him into a downward spiral of personal and professional mayhem. Östlund is a genius at magnifying the little cracks in social interactions, brilliantly showing how these awkward moments signify larger chasms in society.
The Square, also starring Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men, Top of the Lake) and Dominic West (The Wire, The Affair), is intelligent and bitingly funny and a most deserving winner of the biggest prize in world cinema.
"Ostlund creates suspense the old-fashioned way, setting up scenes that make the audience go: What in God’s name is going to happen next? But he also creates suspense in a new-fangled way, turning the space between people into an alarming existential battleground. He’s like Hitchcock infused with the spirit of mid-period Bergman." – VARIETY
"This movie really brings some gobsmackingly weird and outrageous spectacle, with moments of pure showstopping freakiness… Östlund may have been inspired by Roy Andersson or maybe Lars Von Trier. There is a drop of Buñuel there too – but Östlund’s own signature is plain. This is high wire cinema." – THE GUARDIAN