ruben östlund's the square starring claes bang elisabeth moss dominic west terry notary

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(always wanted to make an ilx film thread with a string of names of a bunch of ppl i've never heard of)

a dark satire of the people atop the institutions of high contemporary art that won the palme d'or this year, for some reason. a couple great scenes and some quality dry LOLs, but overall i found it underwhelming and solidly an hour too long. claes bang is extremely handsome. i saw this because anthony lane wrote "If your respect for humanity is not entirely crushed by “The Killing of a Sacred Deer,” and you want to finish the job, try “The Square” and it didn't come close to delivering on that promise

flopson, Wednesday, 22 November 2017 01:48 (six years ago) link

There's some talk about this film in the 2017 Detritus thread.

I, Fanbrat (, Wednesday, 22 November 2017 04:11 (six years ago) link

four years pass...

We don't seem to have a Triangle of Sadness thread so maybe I'll revive this one as the random Ostlund thread. Saw it yesterday; rather on-the-nose at points but paced out pretty well and I didn't expect where the last third of it ended up going.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 10 October 2022 20:37 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

I'm intrigued by this film, but responses seem to be pretty divided between fun satire and so on the nose it's not that fun.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 26 November 2022 17:31 (one year ago) link

This lad is the Charlie Brooker of world cinema

this display name blocked by FIFA (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 26 November 2022 17:43 (one year ago) link

I ... would not consider that a ringing endorsement. So should I skip it? Is it 2 1/2 hours of "do you see?!?"?

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 26 November 2022 17:47 (one year ago) link

I liked it more than I thought I would based on the "too on the nose" criticisms. Yes, it's on the nose, but it's also fun and takes some interesting turns.

jaymc, Saturday, 26 November 2022 17:50 (one year ago) link

Like, the *themes* might be broad and obvious, but the narrative isn't predictable.

jaymc, Saturday, 26 November 2022 17:51 (one year ago) link

I'm talking about Triangle of Sadness, btw, not The Square. But I liked both.

jaymc, Saturday, 26 November 2022 17:52 (one year ago) link

yeah Josh i'm not a fan, but other opinions are available

this display name blocked by FIFA (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 26 November 2022 18:01 (one year ago) link

eight months pass...

i love triangle of sadness

the moment(s) in the last third when you realise what’s happening to the power dynamic is extraordinary

Tracer Hand, Monday, 7 August 2023 11:47 (eleven months ago) link

is? are? whatever

it’s just amazing films like this even get made. i had read nothing about it, had no idea where it was going

Tracer Hand, Monday, 7 August 2023 11:49 (eleven months ago) link

ten months pass...

section 2 of this was really the best. Disagree with the "on-the-nose" assessment. All that is "on-the-nose" about this film served the narrative primarily. Feel like there has to be an air of conceit for "on-the-nose" to become an insult. In this instance, it was just good humoured, ol' fashioned F.U.N.

H.P, Monday, 10 June 2024 13:09 (one month ago) link

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