Rent The Square (2017)

3.2 of 5 from 486 ratings
2h 25min
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Synopsis:
Christian (Claes Bang), a respected curator of a contemporary art museum in Stockholm, is gearing up to launch a new show, 'The Square', a daring installation examining altruism and our duty to help others. However, Christian's own views on social responsibility are put to the test when he becomes the victim of scam, forcing him to question the world around him and his place in it.
Actors:
, , , , , Lise Stephenson Engström, Lilianne Mardon, Marina Schiptjenko, Annica Liljeblad, Elijandro Edouard, Daniel Hallberg, Martin Sööder, , Maja Gödicke, Nicki Dar, Josephine Schneider, , Robert Hjelm, Anna-Stina Malmborg,
Directors:
Producers:
Philippe Bober, Erik Hemmendorff
Writers:
Ruben Östlund
Studio:
Curzon / Artificial Eye
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Awards:

2017 Cannes Palme d'Or

BBFC:
Release Date:
14/05/2018
Run Time:
145 minutes
Languages:
Danish, English, Swedish
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Cannes Interviews with Ruben Ostlund, Claes Bang and Elisabeth Moss
  • Interview with Ruben Ostlund
  • Interview with Claes Bang
  • Making of
  • Casting Tapes
  • Slideshow
  • Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
14/05/2018
Run Time:
151 minutes
Languages:
Danish, English, Swedish
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Cannes Interviews with Ruben Ostlund, Claes Bang and Elisabeth Moss
  • Interview with Ruben Ostlund
  • Interview with Claes Bang
  • Making of
  • Casting Tapes
  • Slideshow
  • Trailer

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Reviews (11) of The Square

An Excellent European Satire upon the Human Condition! - The Square review by CS

Spoiler Alert
16/06/2018

I actually enjoyed watching this film, but it's not for the wham bam thank you crowd, who will probably find it boring. This is more of those who enjoy a well crafted, well thought out storyline. This is in effect a series of short plays all brought together by the central character, the Curator of the Museum, played by Dominic West. Billed as a satire, but very dark in some places, this is an assessment on human morality and how people behave in certain situations, such as when the Ape Man appears. I thought it was a very well thought out and honest film, exposing much of our inner selves, although there are a few holes in the plot and sometimes it goes off at a tangent in a direction other than what one is expecting. This is a satire on the human condition, it is not a comedy, as some people wrongly seem to think! My only disappointment is that this is billed is having a choice of English, Danish and Swedish Languages and English Subtitles, that is incorrect. You have no choice, the film is spoken in all three languages and when spoken in Swedish or danish, you get English Subtitles, however when spoken in English, there are o Subtitles, which makes it very hard form someone like me with a hearing loss! So if you are Deaf be aware that there are no English Subtitles for the Hard of hearing!

7 out of 10 members found this review helpful.

Grossly Overrated - The Square review by KW

Spoiler Alert
04/07/2018

I got so bored with the film I ended up using the fast forward button to finish it quick. If there was satire it missed me completely.

2 out of 6 members found this review helpful.

Contemporary Cinema at Its Best! - The Square review by TE

Spoiler Alert
18/07/2018

This is a superb film that repays second and third viewings. Ruben Ostlund is developing a fascinating line in examining the uncomfortable moral questions in contemporary life.

The overall narrative strips back our attitudes and values about shared public spaces, and within that structure are a series of smaller satires on modern urban life.

The extras include revealing interviews with Ostlund and the principal actors and are well worth watching. He certainly seems able to get brilliant performances from his cast.

2 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

Very overrated and boring (this review contains spoilers!) - The Square review by RH

Spoiler Alert
25/06/2019

This film would have been much more effective had it been kept simple and stuck to being a satire of the modern art world. As it is, it rambles into too many other themes that don't really make much sense all together in this context and make the film far too long and boring. I also found the scenes with the little girl being blown up and the woman being dragged across the floor by her hair were a bit unnecessary, bordering on misogynistic, even though I get why they were there within the context of the storyline. On a slightly more positive note, there was some very good acting overall but even that couldn't redeem this film for me.

0 out of 0 members found this review helpful.

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