Movie of the Week 3
For all you cable cutting rebels searching for something to stream this weekend, here is the pick of the week available on Prime Video and Hulu.
The Square 2017 drama foreign
If you live in a large city in a First World country you will be able to relate to this movie. The lead character, Christian, works at the Stockholm modern art museum, and he gets scammed and panhandled on a daily basis. The film is at its best when it portrays the unavoidable friction of the urban professionals with low class street people and scam artists. Christian is especially clumsy in handling these conflicts. Billed as a comedy, I did not laugh once, but I did cringe a few times. Here are a few examples of some real jaw droppers - art patrons at a black tie dinner are confronted by an absurd actor whose angry Ape Man act goes way too far, and ends is a full scale brouhaha; Christian’s awkward one night stand with Ann who has a full grown chimpanzee wandering about the house; the condom conundrum; the Piles of crushed granite art exhibit; an art lecture rudely interrupted by a man with Tourette syndrome (see below for definition); and the statue removal fiasco. This is a behind-the-scenes look at a modern art museum that reveals more about artsy snob culture than art appreciation. So bad; it is good.
Tourette syndrome - a neurological disorder characterized by involuntary tics and vocalizations and in some cases, the compulsive utterance of obscenities.
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