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1,889 Ratings

The Square

Directed by Ruben Östlund
Sweden, Germany, 2017


Set in a renowned museum where an artist exhibits an installation meant to promote altruism, providing people with a symbolic space where only good things can happen.

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The Square Directed by Ruben Östlund

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2017 | 2 wins including: Palme d'Or

Academy Awards

2018 | Nominee: Best Foreign Language Film

Village Voice Film Poll

2017 | Nominee: Best Screenplay

It’s harsh, sarcastic, unsparing, threatening, unfair, and messed up. While it is formally rather controlled, it is also a cauldron of bad feelings and bad faith.
April 19, 2018
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As with his previous films Play(2011) and Force Majeure (2014), Ostlund uses his setting to explore hidden inequalities in supposedly liberal societies, particularly those concerning masculinity, race and class, playing with our expectations about what is supposed to happen versus the results, which are always uncomfortable.
March 15, 2018
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With a strong and humorous opening, The Square quickly loses its wit as it descends into aimless anger and condescension. . . . But while the film’s opening satirises the bourgeois art world, its edge is blunted by a constant mockery of everyone and everything.
January 05, 2018
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