Winner of the esteemed Palme D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival (the equivalent of Best Picture), The Square is a modern Swedish masterpiece critiquing modern masterpieces.
Christian (Claes Bang) is a curator at a museum of modern art, and is well-versed in those who appreciate culture. He also just so happens to be simultaneously entertaining both professional and personal crises.
His museum has come to acquire a new piece, dubbed The Square. It is a four square-metre piece of land within which everyone is equal and all compelled to assist those in need, should the responsibility arise. The film is focused around the acquisition of the piece, as well as the difficulties Christian and his team encounter when trying to market it and share the concept via various social media platforms. How does one advertise such an oblique piece?
Partially in English, partially in Swedish (with subtitles), The Square is a cerebral work that forces you to think outside the box; inviting contemplation of consequences, humanity, equality, and personal responsibility when intertwined with the modern technological era.
With a few loose ends that could use tying up, The Square asks nothing of you but to consider it as you would the art within its frames, and create your own opinion on what it should mean, whether or not that’s what it was aiming for in the first place.
In cinemas: March 1, 2018
Starring: Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West
Directed by: Ruben Ostlund