The Square

The Square
Arriving with multiple nominations and awards, this film is about the respected curator of a contemporary art museum, who is 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 passers-by to altruism, reminding them of their role as responsible fellow human beings. But sometimes, it is difficult to live up to your own ideals: his 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 him, as well as the museum, into an existential crisis. In English, Swedish and Danish with English subtitles.

151 minutes.
No persons under 16 (Language, Sex, Violence, Prejudice).
Comedy, Drama, On the art circuit
Does anyone know where the exhibition is?
Does anyone know where the exhibition is?


Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West, Terry Notary, Christopher Læssø, Lise Stephenson Engström, Lilianne Mardon
Ruben Östlund
ScreenplayRuben Östlund
CinematographyFredrik Wenzel
EditingJacob Secher Schulsinger, Ruben Östlund
Sound formatsDolby Digital
Made in2017
Produced byConsortium of European companies

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

LanguageFrequent Strong impact language uses the full range of crude language available. It is used as a manner of speech and/or at times in a demeaning or insulting manner. This is not suitable for children as they may try to emulate it which could be socially and psychologically damaging to them. Therefore it could have disturbing consequences.
NudityNone (sic)
SexNone (sic)
ViolenceFairly Frequent and Moderate Violence is mostly low in impact except for the few scenes where either women and/or children are threatened or hurt either emotionally or physically. This is not suitable for children who may be disturbed by the content.
PrejudiceFrequent Moderate Impact prejudice is thematic with regards to how the rich and affluent treat people in marginalised groups including children from a different class structure as themselves. The affluent also become victims of scams inflicted on them by con-artists. Nobody wins here. This is not suitable for children who do not have the cognitive development abilities to deal effectively with these complicated life experience issues that could prematurely expose them to adult life experiences.
Drug abuseNone
CommentsNote: American reviews refer to scenes of nudity and sex. Contains scenes of Sexual Violence. Ed.
The Square is an art-house film exploring different cultures of exsistence within an art genre. It highlights aesthetic culture, intellectualism, determining between humanity and non-humanity, art and non-art, exhibition and non-exhibition. The context of the film observes art preservation looking at life through the artists lens. This edgy drama deals with pushing the limits from freedom of expression to how to determine when things have gone too far. An art curator Christian is robbed by scam artists at the beginning of the film. In trying to get his belongings back, the rest of the film deals with the repercussions of his actions, which includes the exploration of life of the affluent versus the minority marginalised groups, as well as the inversion of those who are robbed and the pain and violation it causes versus the need to rob, scam or con in order to survive.
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USA MPAA rating

R: RestrictedRated R for language, some strong sexual content, and brief violence.
USA version is usually but not always the same as South African release. Versions released on streaming or DVD, Blu-ray or Video may also differ.

CommonSenseMedia Report (USA)

Suggested age limit
16 +
Positive messages
Positive role models
Drinking, drugs, smoking


Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say
33 critics
Rottentomatoes critics
189 critics
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconThe Square finds writer-director Ruben Östlund as ambitious as ever -- and delivering an unforgettably unusual work whose challenging themes pay thought-provoking dividends.
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Michael Ordona quote iconLanguage, sex, violence in award-winning dark comedy.

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