When viewed as if each scene is constructed like a self-contained short story, the fact that the film as a whole is perhaps less than the sum of its parts actually works in its favour. The theme - how do some people ask for help, and how do other people respond? - balances nicely with the biting, occasionally hilarious satire of the Swedish cultural elite.
Really enjoyed 'Force Majeure', so not surprised that this one was good. It also helped that it was a satire about art, and quite funny. It bravely went from one vignette to the next without losing the plot. Particularly enjoyed the scene with Terry. Art should be dangerous, or we end up with squares.
Human nature, confused in tooth, claw, cock and conscience, spirals up its own staircase in Östlund's ambitious follow-up to Force Majeure, a frustrating satire of bien pensant culture industry complacency that's at least as shaky on its feet as the natty curator who serves as its hero/buffoon/target. Still: intermittently transfixing and emotionally fraught. Also: mirrors and piles of gravel? A chuckleable hit. 2.5
Regardless its long duration and wacky side, there are genius moves and several engrossing parts in “The Square”, a film that pushes boundaries by infusing lifelike sequences occasionally peppered with surreal allure.
I'm not sure Ostlund's insight into human absurdity—either in the art world or society in general—can fill 2.5 hours, and he has trouble sticking the landing. But his magnificently dark, deadpan comedy takes The Square far enough, the work of a satirist who never lost touch with his naughty prankster. A lot of its targets are obvious, but it makes a strong case that the only honest human expression is awkwardness.
Ostlund's Palme d'Or winning film is one of the most audacious and confrontational films to grace screens in some time. Starting with a 'what makes art..art?' question the film's eye branches out to cover far too many themes to list here. The absurdist touches bring to mind Roy Andersson quite often but Ostlund certainly has his own voice and vision here. Casting is tops as are the production credits throughout.
"At its core, Cross is loud, restless, and daring. A creative tour de force, Justice have unleashed an era-defining album for the children of acid house." Sorry, It's been a few days since I've seen "The Square" and
I still don't know what to write about this movie.