169 Seconds: Causality in The Square

Film narratives often follow a logic of causality, with one incident naturally leading to another. In Ruben Östlund’s The Square (2017) we seem to witness such typical relations of cause and effect, yet the narrative gradually spirals out of control: actions do have consequences, but in the truly plural sense of one action leading to more than one outcome. In this jubilee installment of 169 Seconds, Mathias Bonde Korsgaard explores the film’s narrative mechanisms.

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  • Concept and editing: Mathias Bonde Korsgaard
  • Music: Mathias Bonde Korsgaard

Works cited (according to fair use policies):

  • The Square (2017, dir. Ruben Östlund)