Leyla (42), a lawyer and a poet, takes the long-distance train to attend her high school reunion dinner. On the train, she meets Canan (21), a young nursing student in distress. As the ... See full summary »
In a story depicted in oil painted animation, a young man comes to the last hometown of painter Vincent van Gogh to deliver the troubled artist's final letter and ends up investigating his final days there.
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.
My thought afterwards was that The Square does for abstract modern art what Best in Show did for dog shows...except more high-brow subtly and more (appropriately so) abstractly. The movie is thus zany, in ways or places. Simultaneously, it has serious edges centering on (1) social issues of helping people in distress...or not, and (2) defending artistic integrity versus (a) marketing distortions and (b) potshots from critics.
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