Where do people go when they need help? To a friendly stranger? To a public sphere (or square)? To God? In this modern day, can one even help? And is there any Justice? (At the very least, there is Genesis, and Genesis is dope). Stuck somewhere between a 4 and a 5, but I get why it won the Palme d'Or.
Östlund definitely in control here with a sharp and often biting film filled with some excellent sight gags and visuals. there are times when it meanders a little but that's probably intentional. I would be just a shade under a 4, PLAY is still my favourite of his.
After "Force Majeure", Ruben Östlund remained a 'director to follow'. So he actually consolidates it with this big and complete film. Serious contemporary issues likes segregation; risks and challenges that we face in public spaces; some of our current personal problems that we deal on our daily basis... He shows it all, in a sophisticated and detailed way, that we simple figure it out ourselves.
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.