In Force Majeure, Swedish director Ruben Östlund examined the comic implications of the Bystander Effect at a ski resort following the aftermath of an avalanche. In The Square, Östlund has taken his hilarious brand of social commentary to a completely new summit: The art world.
Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes this year, this riotously strange comedy follows Christian (Claes Bang), the head curator of a contemporary art museum in Sweden, who, after getting pickpocketed, embarks on a quest to track down who stole his cell phone.
Getting in the way of this is the museum’s latest installation, a hyped-up, much-discussed project which becomes the centrepiece of a movie that repeatedly asks: What if art goes too far? Daring, shocking, and downright astonishing, The Square isn’t just a movie that demands conversation: It’s also one of the funniest movies of the year.