The Square - Film Club Review

thesquareThis week we look at The Square - A Swedish satire-drama about class and the art-world starring Claes Bang and Elisabeth Moss

Title: The Square
Genre: Drama
Classification: MA15+
Director: Ruben Östlund

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.


In general, did people enjoy this film?

Mostly, yes! Though perhaps to differing degrees. There was discussion about the nature of the comedy and whether in some cases it fell flat. In general though we agreed that the acting and pacing were the most notable factors - Both assisted this film in feeling more than just another slightly absurd satire. The chemistry between characters felt very natural, the cinematography was beautiful and the social commentary was subtle enough to create an impact, but not overwhelm.

What did they like / not like about it?

I didn't like a lot of the comedy in the film, which held me back from really enjoying it. A lot of the time it just didn't work for me, or felt like it thought it was more clever than it really was. However, I liked the structure of the film, which ended up being almost a series of vignettes, with no real conclusion. I also thought a lot of the themes it touched on were interesting as well, even though a lot of the time they were only hinted at rather than fully explored. The performance art scene was especially great, and lead actor Claes Bang was fantastic. - Liam

This was very much my kind of film; A slice of life with a little of the absurd. From the beginning I found myself intrigued and along for the ride. The introduction of characters, the pacing of the narrative, and the shorter vignettes of life helped keep me interested in a fairly long film that certainly, to me, did not feel like 2 1/2 hours.  Mali

Really enjoyed The Square.  Well acted and believable cast except perhaps for the incessant over reaction by the boy – irritating but highlighting the consequences of a quick fix strategy (the letter) I guess.  Could draw a parallel to the lack of attention/due diligence to the marketing video.The “help me” theme throughout the film could be directed at the main character even though he didn’t seek it. Loved the Tourette’s scene -  could have gone on longer! - Eddy

I liked the quirky misadventures of the central characters. Each scene felt satisfying, and whilst some of the jokes at times were a little on the nose, the acting performances really made up for it. - Lukas

Keywords used to describe this movie:

Satire. Fresh. Interesting. Vignette. Comedy. Unique. Unfocused. Absurd.

Would people recommend it to a friend?

Yes. It explores some interesting themes that spark conversations.



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And the next film is…

Title: The Death of Stalin
Genre: Drama
Classification: MA15+
Director: Armando Iannucci

A Comedy of Terrors. The one-liners fly as fast as political fortunes fall in this uproarious, wickedly irreverent satire from Armando Iannucci. Moscow, 1953: when tyrannical dictator Joseph Stalin drops dead, his parasitic cronies square off in a frantic power struggle to be the next Soviet leader.

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