Sunday, 15 June 2008

The Square

Director: Nash Edgerton
Country: Australia

Raymond (David Roberts) is having an affair with his across-the-river neighbour, Carla (Claire van der Boom), who happens upon a bag containing a large amount of cash. When they decide to run off with the money, their lives begin to unravel.

Brothers Nash (director) and Joel Edgerton (co-writer with Matthew Dabner) are responsible for this suburban noir that is filled with dark humour and very unfortunate misunderstandings. It showcases a classic downward spiral of a man (and, to a lesser extent, a woman) who decides to do something bad and tries to get away with it. What I liked about the film was that it oozed atmosphere, casting a gloomy mood upon the suburb where the events take place. I thought that all aspects of the film were solid, and I'm glad to see that Australian movies aren't taking a back seat to Hollywood in terms of quality.

The Square is a very good Australian noir movie, and I would recommend it to anybody, especially those who would like to support quality Australian cinema.

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