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The Square

Fri Dec 8 @ 9:20
Sat Dec 9 @ 3:50

Runtime: 142 minutes
Rated 14A: coarse language, disturbing content
Sweden | Germany | France | Denmark
Mostly English language; some subtitles
Directed by Ruben Östlund (Force Majeure)
Starring Claes BangElisabeth MossDominic West

Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival 2017!

Synopsis: Christian is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum, a divorced but devoted father of two who drives an electric car and supports good causes. His next show is “The Square”, an installation which invites passersby to altruism, reminding them of their role as responsible fellow human beings. But sometimes, it is difficult to live up to your own ideals: Christian’s foolish response to the theft of his phone drags him into shameful situations. Meanwhile, the museum’s PR agency has created an unexpected campaign for ”The Square”. The response is overblown and sends Christian, as well as the museum, into an existential crisis.

A potent, disturbing work. – The Hollywood Reporter

It’s laugh-out-loud funny and occasionally just plain silly. But it asks a serious question that seems more urgent with every passing day: “How much inhumanity does it take before we access your humanity?” – Toronto Star

The argument in favor of The Square is not that it’s great fun to watch, but that it’s very entertaining to ponder after viewing. It lingers, both amusingly and disturbingly. -NPR