A disquieting scene in “The Square” features animal movement expert Terry Notary playing as a wild man performing as an ape.
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Two hours into Ruben Ostlund's Palme d'Or-winning "The Square," one critic decided he'd had enough.Ostlund's unforgettably strange and provocative fourth feature is Sweden's entry at the Oscars for best foreign language film.The movie benefits from extended cameos by recent Emmy Award winner Elisabeth Moss ("The Handmaid's Tale") and Dominic West ("The Wire") that viciously lampoon the art world.Unabashedly excited at the possibility of adding an Oscar to his trophy cabinet, Ostlund makes no apologies for playing the annual awards merry-go-round.Ostlund decided to go to film school in Gothenburg after making extreme skiing movies in the '90s. Hollywood's gilded doors opened to the director when his 2014 black comedy "Force Majeure" – which explored family relationships fractured after an avalanche at a ski resort – won a smaller prize at Cannes.
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