Winner of the 2017 Palme D’Or, The Square assembles a great deal of satirical storylines all revolving around Christian—an art curator of a famous modern art museum in Stockholm.
The Swedish film is a bit absurd, introspective and very pleasing to the eye. The production design and cinematography are neat and elegant, making the picture exquisite. The film is hilariously biting and caustic. Unique and original, it is refreshing to have something so uncommon in theatres.
The director, Ruben Östlund, introduces the viewer to the affluent society of Sweden (and their hypocrisy). All support virtuous and charitable causes—equality (with the new museum exhibition: “The Square is a sanctuary of trust and caring. Within it we all share equal rights and obligations”), environmental consciousness (Christian drives an electric car), etc—but their actions simultaneously oppose their motives. They have prejudices, have little respect for the impoverished, and are in the business of making art out of “dirt” (which is quite funny). While we see a class of people living on the streets and struggling to find their next meal, we also see the other side that have the time to marvel at a pyramid of wooden chairs.
The Square is reflective, funny and entertaining—it considers our current inequality crisis in a new and brilliant way. Don’t miss it in theatres!