Since seeing INVOLUNTARY in 2010 I have been waiting patiently (perhaps without entirely being aware of it) for Ruben Östlund to throw a Hail Mary on a field of cash. Dreams do come true. I know of no other filmmaker who quite this nakedly builds all of his films out of sociological and behaviorist theses. THE SQUARE is not satire. It is a massive appendix of learned (and observed) lessons. But very, very funny.
Who says you can't fill a film with more than one main idea? Public vs private, sophistication, savagery, wealth, ego and the influence of power all coalesce into a very funny yet often disturbing bit of pokery at the fatal flaws of our modern capitalist system. It's done with playfulness, intelligence and a tongue firmly planted in the cheek. Superb work. 4.5 stars
I think I might have finally fallen in love with Ruben, after Force Majeure. So complex yet so human. Probably the best depiction of the current state of our First World Dream, with its bittersweet joy, constant quilt and ironic pain.
It is a really good film that raises important questions like the divide between rich and poor, relationships, art, marketing, ideas... There are some funny moments and some epic scenes. All the actors and even the children are excellent. I still prefer 'Force Majeure' from the same director though.