The square

The square

DVD - 2018 | Swedish
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A prestigious Stockholm museum's chief art curator finds himself in times of both professional and personal crisis as he attempts to set up a controversial new exhibit. A satirical drama reflecting the times, about the sense of community, moral courage and the affluent person's need for egocentricity in an increasingly uncertain world.
Publisher: Los Angeles, California : Magnolia Home Entertainment, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 0876964015677
9786317117594
6317117594
Branch Call Number: SWE MOVIE SQU
Language Note: In Swedish with some English, with optional English or Spanish subtitles and optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH)
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 151 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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the film rather subtly shows the bankruptcy of the postmodern politically correct snowflake worldview.

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Lebowski007
May 14, 2019

This film wants to "make its mark" via weirdness. Okay. But like all other films, weird films also need story-lines. There is no story here. It's random stuff.

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whatcomhillwalker
Mar 06, 2019

One strange flic. I found it slow and not very engaging but the end is worth waiting for. It is a good view into the contemporary art scene and the jaded sense of self significance that purveyors of this elite world have of themselves. There is no heart in this art and the movie shows it well.

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useyourwords
Nov 16, 2018

I got tricked into watching a Swedish movie cuz Dominic West is in it. But I think I enjoyed it more than the other people here.

JCLIanH Nov 14, 2018

Darkly comic, razor sharp, a golden skewer for hypocritical haves of the world, a lampoon disguised as an art film, a perfect portrayal of a modern coward. The Square has all of these things. I suppose that the joke is on everyone, and I'm perfectly fine with that.

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akirakato
Oct 01, 2018

Written and directed by Ruben Östlund in 2017, this Swedish drama depicts the life of a curator of a contemporary art museum.
It appears like an overlong experimental film of a bad student.
There seems to be a deficiency in script and lack of coherence in the storyline.
The dinner scene turns into a disgusting and terrible disaster I hate from the bottom of my heart.
In a nutshell, this film is a total flop.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 23, 2018

This dramatic comedy movie is about a curator who hires a public relations team to draw people in to his new Swedish Museum. I felt like this movie had just the appropriate amount of dark comedy that allowed it to shine without taking away from the seriousness of the film. The actors portray their characters fairly well, and there was never really a dull moment throughout the film. I would have preferred a more exciting story ending, but it didn’t take away too much from the overall impact of the film. I would rate this movie 3.5/5 stars and recommend it to those who like slightly out there films with a simple story. @The_Reviewer of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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davem753
Sep 11, 2018

I can appreciate an "artsy" or political movie as well as anyone else, but this movie just didn't do much for me. I spent the first half of the movie trying to figure out what the point was and then, when I realized it's 2.5 hours long, I really wished I hadn't started in the first place. This movie was really quite disorganized - didn't flow well and seemed like it just went from quagmire to quagmire without really selling anything. Calling this movie a comedy is false advertising. It's one thing to have a few chuckles, but as a whole, this was not a comedy. Frankly, I got more laughs out of Star Trek 5.

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Janice21383
Aug 29, 2018

Dust-dry humour about a museum curator's PR nightmare. We think of Sweden as a caring and civilized society, but writer/director Ruben Östlund is here to puncture pretensions and give his characters holy hell. He starts here with an excellent premise, but doesn't go far with it, unlike in his superior Force Majeure. I suggest you watch that film first, to find out if Östlund's films are for you. The Square's lead actor, Claes Bang, is simultaneously handsome, funny, and ratlike. He and Elizabeth Moss have some of the best scenes.

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misatim
Jul 30, 2018

The sets are great, the story lacking, the acting is ok. Overall I found it uninteresting

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AureliaReads
May 09, 2018

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Ron@Ottawa
Mar 05, 2018

Sexual Content: One sex scene between a man and a woman.

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ninanna
Mar 26, 2019

Exhibition/Non-exhibition
"An evening conversation that explores the dynamics of the "exhibitable" and the construction of public-ness in the spirit of Robert Smithson's Site/Non-site. From non-site to site, from non-exhibition to exhibition, what is the topos of exhibition/non-exhibition in the crowded moments of mega exhibition?"

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