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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
Branch Call Number: DVD SQUARE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 151 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
4 3/4 in.
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lindy919
Jun 08, 2020

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Don't bother.
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An hour too long with peripheral stories that go nowhere. The main plot is intriguing but all the other junk will make you look at your watch every five minutes.
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voisjoe1_0
Jun 05, 2020

A winner at Cannes Film Festival - Suggests that this film is of some importance. Is it a satire of some of the ridiculous extremes of modern art? You have all seen such paintings like a black dot with a white background or a painting of just all white, etc. that hang in some art galleries or museums. The parts of the film I seemed to enjoy the most was where the protagonists attempt to find who stole his valuables or the scene with the prehistoric man running wild in a banquet hall. I didn't understand all of it, but certainly was entertained by the fact that I was not stuck in a horrible nightmare. This film - too entertaining to hate - too crazy to love.

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ablearnn
Mar 06, 2020

A fascinating, well-made film. It was just strange enough to keep me interested and guessing.

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oldwestfan
Feb 23, 2020

Just goes to show that going to a library doesn't make you smart. Insightfully funny as it observes human nature, contemporary social behavior, and art world pretensions. A bit too long playing out several story-lines. Well-deserved winner of top prize at Cannes.

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avocadotree
Sep 05, 2019

Some of the sequences run a bit long but that's what fast forward is for. It does make an impression. Wouldn't say it's a comedy though that is the section it is categorized in. If I had to guess the reviewers didn't watch the entire movie. People with degrees must get off on this stuff. Palme D'or Festival De Cannes. Heady satire for culture vultures.

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rslade
Aug 14, 2019

An art film about the pretences of the art world.

(Not as amusing as it might sound.)

A number of the vignettes simply end, unresolved. Obviously the writers produced scenes they thought funny, but then couldn't find endings ...

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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lukasevansherman
Jan 28, 2019

I can see people would be turned off by this art world satire by Swedish director Ruben Ostlund, whose previous film was "Force Majeure," but I quite liked it. Though mostly in Swedish, Elisabeth Moss and Dominic West have small parts.

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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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