In 1983, the son of an American professor is enamored by the graduate student who comes to study and live with his family in their northern Italian home. Together, they share an unforgettable summer full of music, food, and romance that will forever change them.
Christian 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 shameful situations. Meanwhile, the museum's PR agency has created an unexpected campaign for "The Square". The response is overblown and sends Christian, as well as the museum, into an existential crisis.
The preliminary study of "The square" was "Rutan" (The square) an exhibition at Vandalorum in Värnamo, Sweden, in spring 2015, where director Ruben Östlund and film producer Kalle Boman wanted to examine the trust we feel towards each other. Pictures from the exhibition are included in the film. See more »
The Square is a sanctuary of trust and caring. Within it we all share equal rights and obligations.
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Balancing nicely between absurdism, surrealism and entertaining satire that escapes none of the film's characters, it's an impressive movie.
The pros: Like in "Involuntary" (2008) and "Force Majeure" (2014), Swedish director Ruben Östlund again skillfully portrays the akwardness of human existence and behaviour. Danish actor Claes Bang does a fine job in the leading role. The satire is spot-on and aims all ways.
The cons: A bit too long, and maybe a tad repetitive, it looses some speed at some points towards the end.
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