In 1983, the son of an American professor is enamored by the graduate student who comes to study and live with his family in their northern Italian home. Together, they share an unforgettable summer full of music, food, and romance that will forever change them.
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.
In the film there is a monkey seemingly busy creating art. This is an old practical joke. An alleged self-taught French avant-garde artist, Pierre Brassau, appeared at an art exhibition in Gothenburg in 1964. A series of art connoisseurs were tricked by this intentional experiment. It was the chimpanzee Peter from Borås Zoo that had created the "spontanist painting", and the brain behind it was a gallerist and a journalist who was reported to be a police officer for fraud. See more »
The Square is a sanctuary of trust and caring. Within it we all share equal rights and obligations.
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When I saw "The Square" I didn't see a film. I saw a mirror. A mirror that was held against our faces in order to make some of our most elusive flaws as transparent as possible. The protagonist of this film is a mere reflection of the most of us. He had a dream. He had a vision. And he became a part of this spiralling roller-coaster ride which perhaps took him to where he wanted to be or where he was destined to be. "The Square" explores themes of cohesion, incoherence, adhesion and confinement and drapes it with cartloads of cynicism to create a final product that looks exotic from the outside but is familiar, succulent and delectable from the inside. If you've seen this film just let me know how many times you thought you saw a square.
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