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Review of the film "Square"

Tough but scattered satirical tape about life in Sweden and the world of contemporary art.

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Curator of the Swedish Museum of Contemporary Art Christian (Klas Bang) must decide how to conduct an advertising campaign for the new exhibition. The exhibition is built around the installation of the "Square" - a marked space in which people are invited to treat each other with confidence, respect and care. Installation does not cause anybody's enthusiasm, and therefore its advertising should be loud and compelling. Christian, however, is far more concerned with how to return the phone and wallet that he had stolen in the square in front of the museum. Instead of contacting the police, the man himself is trying to determine where his belongings are, and to demand their return.

Shot from the movie "Square"

Shot from the movie "Square"

The film was awarded the "Golden Palm Branch" of the Cannes Film Festival

The director of the "Square" Ruben Estlund he chose as his artistic mission the exposure of modern Swedish society. Estlund attacks compatriots at all levels - from family relations to state policy. His criticism is tough and uncompromising, but sometimes too scattered, as is clearly seen in his latest, most ambitious work.

Shot from the movie "Square"

Shot from the movie "Square"

While in the criminal drama "Game"Estlund discussed the education of children and attitudes towards migrants, and in the family drama"Force Majeure"Analyzed the mental weakness of Swedish men, in the" Square "he touches on a lot of social and spiritual problems. Emasculation and absurdity of modern art, a crisis of masculinity, driven to insanity by political rhetoric, relations between different nations and different social classes, emptiness of personal life, readiness to pass by another's misfortune ...

Shot from the movie "Square"

Shot from the movie "Square"

Impressive list, but it's a blow with spread fingers, not a clenched fist. "The game" and "Force Majeure" hurt more, because their concentration allowed us to understand deeply the problem in question and build an exciting narrative around it. "Square" sometimes breaks down into separate spectacular scenes and poorly develops three of its storylines - Christian hunting for the kidnapped, the relationship of a man with an American journalist in the performance Elizabeth Moss and supervision of the art museum.

Shot from the movie "Square"

Shot from the movie "Square"

The basis for the painting "Square" - a real installation of the director Ruben Estlund and producer Calle Baughman. It is located in the museum in the city of Vernamo

The most caustic and memorable turned out curatorial scenes, which led some critics to call the "Square" a satire on the world of contemporary art. This is true, but not exactly - the film is more extensive than mockery of museum manners, ridiculous exhibits, performances beyond the foul (a shocking fragment in which Terry Notary from "Rebellion of the Planet of the Apes"Played a Russian artist depicting an aggressive monkey during a dinner party), deliberately scandalous advertising campaigns and the consumer attitude of the media to contemporary art. For Estlund, all this is just one of the faces of Christian, and the line is secondary, because the main, most dramatic and important story for the hero develops beyond the boundaries of the museum. However, this line is given less screen time than the museum satire, and it is much less open, on the verge of failure.

Shot from the movie "Square"

Shot from the movie "Square"

Agree, clumsy scenario design. The secondary should be attached to the main, and not to obscure it. As they say in America, the director bit off more than he could chew. "Square" literally bursting with thoughts and ideas, and the tape, which lasts almost two and a half hours, needs more rigor and alignment. Although there is a charm in the chaotic staging, because it makes the "Square" bizarre and unpredictable. This is a plus for those who love art house for its dissimilarity with scrupulously built mainstream.

In the rest "Square" - the tape is strong. Well-chosen actors, funny and sharp satirical scenes, several successful camera finds, sudden plot moves (where the narrative is still built), flirting with absurdism ... It's hard not to agree with those who believe that the "Square" could be excellent arthausnym film if Estlund, who honestly admits that the script was born in agony, did not try to shove on the screen everything that worries him.

Since 7 September at the cinema.

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