The Square

The Square

DVD - 2018
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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: [United States] :, Magnolia Home Entertainment,, [2018]
Branch Call Number: DVD Square
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (108 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
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video file, DVD video, rda

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List - 2018 Oscars
JCLCaitlinT Mar 09, 2018

Nominated:
* Foreign Language Flim

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JCLZachC Jan 10, 2018

You will feel the running time, and the events are connected more so in theme than narrative, but this movie has a lot to say about the human condition and how we interact with others in modern society and it is worth hearing.


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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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Bang_On
Jul 14, 2018

Shame! Shame! Shame! on "The Square" for its incessantly gabby bullshit and for the guilt-trip that it tried to lay on any viewer who wasn't a homeless person.

Being a non-homeless person, myself - I lived in Vancouver's Strathcona neighborhood for a number of years (which is right next door to Skid-Row Capital) - And, at that time, I saw 2 beautiful buildings go up in that area that were specifically meant to house the homeless.

Well - Within 6 months both of these buildings were an utter mess of litter, filth, and excrement. And the reason why this was so was because the homeless don't give a damn about anything, and they don't respect anything, or anybody.

These people, who are always screaming for their rights, want the rest of society to always be cleaning up after them and always taking care of them. They refuse to take responsibility for anything in their lives (though they are quite capable of doing so).

And, so - With that in mind - I refuse to have some narrow-minded, little movie, like "The Square", lay its bullshit guilt-trip on me.

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Nursebob
Jul 14, 2018

The “take no prisoners” approach which writer/Director Ruben Östlund applied to male machismo in last year’s "Force Majeur" now finds targets in artistic narcissism and left vs right pretensions and no one emerges unscathed. When the curator of an avant garde museum of modern art is robbed, a hare-brained scheme to recover his stuff gets him into hot water with a truculent ten-year old immigrant; an attempt to promote the museum’s newest installation—a 4m by 4m square delineating a place where all are supposedly equal—results in an incendiary youtube video that immediately goes viral; and a “primal” performance piece elicits a herd response from a banquet hall full of Stockholm’s upper crust... And this is only a taste of the satirical delights Östlund delivers with his usual deadpan seriousness. Hilarious tangents blur the lines and gleefully mock both art and marketing, the battle of the sexes, western guilt, and the cult of political correctness. One of my top films at last year's VIFF!

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uncommonreader
Jul 13, 2018

There are some good scenes, mostly about modern art, but overall, a little too mad.

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empbee
Jul 06, 2018

There are some good moments in it; funny, moralizing, stretched.

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iza
Jul 01, 2018

Some people might find this movie satirical but I think is scary because the wave of uncertitude is on its way to North America. If you want to know what political correctness has in store for the future take a look at this picture. We don't need an external enemy to act like monkeys, all we need is just somebody to call fire and we all jump and scream fire. This movie is about the power of the masses to create chaos. One small incident such as a stolen wallet can generate enough drama that will end somebody's career, change somebody's life and wash up all the believes that we have that the greater good is going to turn the table around and make the world we are leaving in a better place. If before I was curious abut visiting a country as Sweden, no I am staying away from this travelling destination. The square that was created as a marketing buzz tool for launching a new exhibition is back firing and created disaster after disaster culminating with a video that presents a homeless abandoned white girl that is blown up to pieces. The people in charge of creating this publicity vide for you tube, are not paying attention to the message that must be capture for the publicity of this new exhibition and after searching what the masses are reacting too they jump to the wrong conclusion: the public is impressed by kids that are blown up and kittens that are part of the same genocide. And because the kid is white, what a irony, there are no racial implications.

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pbhansen
May 18, 2018

The movie is a commentary on several social ills that are depicted through multiple scenes that are not tied together with any coherency. The acting was good but I was left in the dark about the "why" and in no way was this movie "funny" to me - outrageous and absurd, yes.

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highplainsdrifter
May 11, 2018

Too long and goofy.

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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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