In a story depicted in oil painted animation, a young man comes to the last hometown of painter Vincent van Gogh to deliver the troubled artist's final letter and ends up investigating his final days there.
Christian is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum, a divorced but devoted father of two who drives an electric car and supports good causes. His next show is "The Square", an installation which invites passersby to altruism, reminding them of their role as responsible fellow human beings. But sometimes, it is difficult to live up to your own ideals: Christian's foolish response to the theft of his phone drags him into shameful situations. Meanwhile, the museum's PR agency has created an unexpected campaign for "The Square". The response is overblown and sends Christian, as well as the museum, into an existential crisis.
In the film there is a monkey seemingly busy creating art. This refers to an old practical joke. An alleged self-taught French avant-garde artist, Pierre Brassau, appeared at an art exhibition in Gothenburg in 1964. A series of art connoisseurs were tricked by this intentional experiment. It was the chimpanzee Peter from Borås Zoo that had created the "spontanist painting", and the brain behind it was a gallerist and a journalist who were reported to be a police officer for fraud. See more »
During the press conference, the time displayed on Christian's LCD watch is clearly visible and jumps from 14:53 to 15:50 when we cut to a participant who asks a very short question. See more »
The Square is a sanctuary of trust and caring. Within it we all share equal rights and obligations.
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Balancing nicely between absurdism, surrealism and entertaining satire that escapes none of the film's characters, it's an impressive movie.
The pros: Like in "Involuntary" (2008) and "Force Majeure" (2014), Swedish director Ruben Östlund again skillfully portrays the akwardness of human existence and behaviour. Danish actor Claes Bang does a fine job in the leading role. The satire is spot-on and aims all ways.
The cons: A bit too long, and maybe a tad repetitive, it looses some speed at some points towards the end.
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