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* DeathOfAChild: The ad for "The Square" features a homeless child and her kitten being blown up once they step inside it.



* InfantImmortality: Averted by the ad for "The Square", which features a homeless child and her kitten being blown up once they step inside it.


* TheCon: The main character is robbed in broad daylight by a woman who is screaming that someone is about to attack her.



* ShortCon: The main character is robbed in broad daylight by a woman who is screaming that someone is about to attack her.

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* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Anne has a pet bonobo (aka a "pygmy chimpanzee"). It serves no purpose to the story other than to weird Christian out when he's there to have sex with her. In the bonobo's second and last appearance it is trying on Anne's lipstick.


Creator/DominicWest plays Julian, an arrogant artist, and also delivers his lines in English.


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* TheCameo: Creator/DominicWest appears in one scene as Julian, an arrogant artist. Like Elisabeth Moss, he delivers his lines in English.


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* CringeComedy: A lot of this, like in the excruciatingly uncomfortable conversation between Anne and Christian where she grills him over how many women he's had casual sex with, asks him if he knows her name (after a very long time he finally comes up with "Anne"), announces that "you were inside of me", and demands a commitment.


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* TheUnreveal: What happened to the boy? When Christian finally goes looking after attempting to ignore the cries of "Help me," the boy is nowhere to be found. His phone call to the boy's number isn't answered, and when he goes to the boy's apartment, the family is gone.

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* ByTheHair: The already uncomfortable "ape man at the fancy dinner" performance gets even more uncomfortable when Oleg the ape man targets a hot lady in a slinky dress and starts dragging her away by the hair. This finally prompts the men at the dinner to attack him as the scene ends.


Creator/DominicWest plays Julian, an arrogant artist.

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Creator/DominicWest plays Julian, an arrogant artist.
artist, and also delivers his lines in English.


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* NoNameGiven: The boy who stalks Christian like an avenging angel, demanding an apology for being called a thief, is never named.

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* HidingBehindTheLanguageBarrier: Christian tells his assistant that they're going to re-create the rock gravel pile exhibit. When the assistant casts a look at Anne, standing right behind Christian, he tells her in Swedish, "She doesn't understand a thing, she's American."

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* PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad: Satirized when Julian the artist is giving a public talk. The interview keeps getting interrupted by a man with Tourette's who shouts out obscenities. Instead of escorting the man out, however, the guests tell each other to "show tolerance" because it's "a neurological disorder", so the interview is increasingly derailed.

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* NothingIsScarier: Played for dark comedy when Christian, the pampered rich guy, finds himself distributing fliers in a lower-class apartment building. Nothing happens at all, really. But the emptiness of the hallways, the sounds of the crying baby and the howling dog, and the automatic hallway lights that click on when he approaches and click off when he leaves, all combine to leave him running out the front exit in mortal terror.

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* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible: InUniverse for a joke about art. One of the art works in the museum is nothing more than a bunch of cone-shaped piles of rubble. A custodian cleans the mounds up.


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* ViralMarketing: A disastrous video is created for "The Square".

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* ViralMarketing: InUniverse. A disastrous video is created for "The Square".


The Square is a 2017 film from Sweden by Ruben Östlund which received a UsefulNotes/PalmeDOr on the Cannes film festival of the same year.

The film tells a story of Christian, an art manager at a prestigous art museum, who faces several challenges in his life. He deals with them in a controversial way and the results are frequently mixed. Meanwhile, Christian's aloofness causes problems at the museum, including how to promote the titular art piece.

Creator/ElisabethMoss plays Anne, and delivers her dialogue in English.

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The Square ''The Square'' is a 2017 film from Sweden by Ruben Östlund which received a UsefulNotes/PalmeDOr on the Cannes film festival of the same year.

Östlund.

The film tells a story of Christian, Christian (Claes Bang), an art manager at a prestigous art museum, museum in Stockholm, who faces several challenges in his life. He deals His wallet and cell phone are stolen by some scam artists. Christian is able to trace his phone and demand its return, and he gets both phone and wallet, but he also gets into a messy interaction with them a young boy who lives in a controversial way and the results are frequently mixed. same apartment building as the thief. Meanwhile, at the museum he is interviewed by Anne, an American reporter (Creator/ElisabethMoss, who delivers her dialogue in English). After the two of them meet again at a party, they have sex, but Christian hesitates when Anne says she wants something more.

Christian's aloofness and preoccupation with his personal life causes problems at the museum, including how to promote the titular eponymous art piece.

Creator/ElisabethMoss
piece, "The Square". Busy with his issues, Christian does not check on the advertising video made to promote the piece, and this failure backfires on him badly.

Creator/DominicWest
plays Anne, and delivers her dialogue in English.
Julian, an arrogant artist.



* TheAtoner: What Christian becomes in the end, apologizing for the ad for "The Square" and to [[spoiler:inadvertently causing The Boy to fall down a flight of stairs.]]

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* TheAtoner: What Christian becomes in the end, apologizing for the ad for "The Square" and to [[spoiler:inadvertently for inadvertently causing The Boy to fall down a flight of stairs.]]



* The American journalist who interviews Christian, especially when she confronts him over [[spoiler: the two of them having had sex.]]

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* The American journalist who interviews Christian, ** Anne, especially when she confronts him over [[spoiler: the two of them having had sex.]]



* InfantImmortality: Averted by the ad for "The Square", which features [[spoiler: a homeless child and her kitten being blown up once they step inside it.]]

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* InfantImmortality: Averted by the ad for "The Square", which features [[spoiler: a homeless child and her kitten being blown up once they step inside it.]]it.
* MistakenForExhibit: DiscussedTrope. In the opening scene Anne reads back to Christian some art-speak gobbledygook about the difference between an exhibition and a non-exhibition. Christian answers that it's hard to define what is "art", and that he could put her handbag out in the museum and call it art if he wanted.



* Main/SpiritualSuccessor: The film is this to the works of Roy Andersson. Several scenes are shot in the manner characteristic for Andersson.
* ShortCon: The main character is robbed in broad daylight by a woman convinced that someone is about to attack her.

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* Main/SpiritualSuccessor: PercussivePickpocket: Christian loses his wallet, phone, and cuff links to a pair of pickpockets who distract him by running a scam in which the first thief (the woman) claims that the second (the man) is going to kill her.
* SpiritualSuccessor:
The film is this to the works of Roy Andersson. Several scenes are shot in the manner characteristic for Andersson.
* ShortCon: The main character is robbed in broad daylight by a woman convinced who is screaming that someone is about to attack her.


* CastingGag: Creator/TerryNotary plays Oleg, the actor behaving like an ape. Notary's most prominent role has been as Rocket, one of the chimps from ''Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes'', usually hidden behind [[SerkisFolk motion-capture]].

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* CastingGag: Creator/TerryNotary plays Oleg, the actor behaving like an ape. Notary's most prominent role has been as before this was Rocket, one of the chimps from ''Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes'', usually hidden behind [[SerkisFolk motion-capture]].

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* CastingGag: Creator/TerryNotary plays Oleg, the actor behaving like an ape. Notary's most prominent role has been as Rocket, one of the chimps from ''Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes'', usually hidden behind [[SerkisFolk motion-capture]].


* GoryIndiscretionShot: [[spoiler:The homeless girl being blown up]] is shown in graphic slow motion.

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