After Ruben Östlund’s memorable Force Majeure (2014), we were looking forward to his next film, The Square (2017). Especially after it won the Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival.

A satire about the art world seemed like a welcoming subject, but oh boy, the movie did not sit well with us. And we knew we had to talk about it. If for nothing else, just to get it out of our system. So abandon all hope, ye who enter here.

We discuss of course about what exactly went wrong here. About Östlund’s previous films and how he constructs his own cinematic reality. And how Paul Verhoeven would have made that ape scene better.

Spoiler warnings: We talk openly about the plot of The Square.


  • [00:00] – The world of Ruben Östlund
  • [12:30] – The main theme of the movie
  • [16:45] – The first scene
  • [23:00] – Östlund’s reality
  • [29:00] – The ape scene
  • [46:50] – Aharon’s disappointment in Cannes Film Festival
  • [49:15] – Making fun at modern art
  • [57:55] – Final thoughts
  • [1:03:00] – Absurdity of the art world

Movies We Mention