If you think this is moralistic you weren't paying attention.
P.S.: to watch this in the theatre feels like part of the experience - all those "i totally get what's going on because i'm really smart" laughs disappeared once the woman in pink got dragged by her hair. Neat.
Digital. As irresponsible as pompous and moralistic, generating content - as it is used in contemporary terminology of nothing - and not generating forms, using the figure of the quadrilateral and formulating a flatness without remission. Another filmmaker who pretends to be the world's judge, despising his characters without even construct them to be able to disconstruct, confusing and making fuss to distract.
Still not sure what to think about this. It's a slap of weirdness, reality and criticism about everything surrounding us. Left the theater feeling a bit nauseous and dizzy and just wondering what the hell is wrong with Swedish people.
Östlund points a mirror at ourselves and the result is quite acidic and very entertaining, a true portrait of the times we are living in. The feeling of cringe is constant and the aesthetics is also quite lux.
The Square is an exciting, too-big-to-fail endeavor that will go down in the annals of film history for its extraordinarily provocative set pieces. Highlighting the ‘high v. low’ dichotomy every chance it gets, Ostlund pushes all kinds of boundaries with rare fearlessness, making this an uncomfortable, but consistently rewarding cinematic experience.
Ruben Östlund has a unique talent of having the ability to simultaneously make his audience laugh their ass off and feel really miserable. This commentary on the nature of art and its community highlights these talents and was, for me, a really engaging experience.
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