Nominated for Best Foreign Language film at the 90th Academy Awards
Force Majeure director Ruben Östlund returns with a satire on art and culture. Christian (Bang) is the respected curator of an art museum in Stockholm gearing up to launch ‘The Square’, a daring installation examining altruism and empathy. Christian’s own views on social responsibility are tested when he is the victim of a scam, forcing him to question the world around him and his place in it. Meanwhile a shocking PR stunt by the museum meets public outcry sending Christian and the museum into crisis. With inventive set pieces and deadpan wit, The Square is a hilarious black comedy about idealism and cynicism in the modern world.
84% – Rotten Tomatoes
7.3/10 – IMDB
“The film is full of delicious riffs, salacious outbursts (a polite museum audience is ever so respectful toward a man with Tourette syndrome), unexplained intruders.”
“An examination of social context, elitism, cultural bubbles and more, The Square is – to put it precisely – absolutely bonkers. But purposefully bonkers.”
Film of the week: The Square artfully exposes hidden injustice – BFI