Friday, August 27, 2010
"The Square": an Aussie Coen-style "for a little money" caper -- gone bad
The film is directed by newbie Nash Edgerton, and I presume Joel (who acts as the firestarter and writes the script) is a brother. The original theatrical release came from this new distributor called “Apparition”, but Sony is handling the DVD (which means that the film could well have shown up under “Sony Pictures Classics”).
Raymond Yale, played by an everyman actor David Roberts, is a contractor working on a “town square” project outside Sydney. Bored with a sexless marriage (Lucy Bell), he carries on with a mistress (Claire van der Bloom), who brings her a story of about a cache of money from her gangster husband (Anthony Hayes). He has no interest in organized crime but cannot stop sinking into temptation. (Oh, could we use Frances McDormand, “all for a little bit of money”). The problem is that it doesn’t stop. They burn down the husband’s house, but not until Ray has second thoughts and wants to stop. The husband’s mother dies in the fire, making Ray a murderer. What follows is a “square” of deceptions and chases, including a scene where a man’s leg is run over by a truck, leading to a tragic denouement.
Sony’s site for the film is here.
YouTube trailer from TheUSVideos