'The Square' Review: Satire With All the Right Angles

The first things you may notice about Christian, the conflicted hero of Ruben Östlund’s “The Square,” are that he’s tall, handsome and charming—and formidably articulate, as befits the director of a prominent Swedish museum of modern art. (He’s played deftly by Claes Bang.) An American journalist named Anne (Elisabeth Moss) notices all these things as she interviews him for TV. Anne is dazzled by her subject, but she doesn’t have a clue what he’s talking about, and it’s not a language problem, since he’s doing the interview in flawless English. The disconnect comes from Christian’s penchant for suave gibberish—the kind…

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