The Square

Synopsis: Lovers Ray and Carla plan to burn down her house at Christmas, to run off with her husband's drug money. Ray has a side scheme going too, taking kickbacks on the love hotel project whose construction he's managing. The suburban Aussie marrieds live across a river from each other, the much older, domesticated Ray in a upper middle-class neighborhood, Carla on the wrong side of the water. The cheaters will lure their families to the same Christmas picnic celebration, to provide alibis while still being able to sneak off and chat about the arson. Carla's tow-truck owner hubby, Smithy, is a fearsome tough to cross, so will the philanderers' holiday gifts come through, or explode in their lying faces?
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Nash Edgerton
Production: Apparition
  2 wins & 15 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
105 min

What time is it?

Are you trying to get me into trouble?

Yeah, if he turns up,

he can go back home. Righto.

- Hey, Jake.

- Raymond.

Morning, Gil.

Thought you were on holidays.

Is everything...

Love is blind, Ray.

We're building a honeymoon resort,

not the Palazzo de fucking Gucci.

Yeah, I know, Gil.

Good bed to f*ck on.

The rest doesn't matter.

What's this about designer fittings?

Better not be too late to retract.

Well, I've got them down

to your target price.

I tell you, Ray, in six months time,

couples rooting in their Jacuzzis

won't know the pains

that went through for this swamp.

All right. Get on with it.

All right, so, it's just a square?

To start with,

but I want you to do the whole site.

It's a decent whack of concrete.

Come on, I'll show you.

So, you're cutting deals now, mate?

It's a bit of a surprise.

You saving up for something special?

So, this stays between us, obviously.


Listen, Barney, you said thirty grand

kicks back to me. Is that cash?


- Hey, Charlie.

- Gidday, boss.

Forty. Make it 40,

and I'll award you the contract right here.

Wendy, I'll pick up those towels

tomorrow on the way in.

Okay, great. Thank you.

There you are.

I've been calling.

Have you had your phone off?

No. I had a meeting.

You know we're at

Jake and Jenny's tonight?


- Ray?

- Yeah?

Since when do you do your own washing?

Found this at the bottom of your closet.

What is it, sweetheart?


What's the matter, darling?




It's just me, babe.

How was your day?

You all right in there?

What are you doing?

- What?

- I said what are you doing?

How's Mum?

Yeah, she's fine. Kept her company

till your sister came home.

Righto. I'm going to have a shower.

What happened to your hand?

You know, just a bit of mischief.


You gonna get that?

Gidday. Is this your dog?

- Yeah, mate, yeah.

- It is? Right.

- Where was he?

- He was in the backyard.

He must have taken a swim.

I'm Ray Yale, by the way.

Yeah, Ray. Greg Smith. How're you doing?

Yeah, not too bad. I'm just across the river.

Good on you.

All right, all yours.

All right. Thanks for that.

Must have got out the side or something.

- Yeah, no worries.

- Yeah, cheers.

Who was that?

- Why didn't you answer it?

- I was out the back.

Blokes are here.

You want to put some food on for us?

I'll be there in a sec.

Good on you.

If I'm paying someone to go down and

have a look, what will they charge you?

A thousand bucks? All I'm saying is,

you could have one to keep

for the same price.

What, a fucking shark or a shark cage?

No, a shark cage. Shark.

What, so you're saying

you've just got to make it out of

your standard everyday

hardware screen door, mate?

Not screen. F*ck, no.

Security doors. High grade security doors.

You weld four of them together.

They seem to keep a great white out, easy.

Yeah, mate, 'cause the last time

a couple of fucking great whites

tried to get through

my fucking front door, mate,

it fixed them right up, I can tell you.

It would. It would.

F*ck spending that. Two days, two nights.

No fucking way. For the same price,

you can have a shark cage for life.

Why don't you just take

your caravan down there?

There's this guy, Eddie,

and his friend, Leonard.

Whenever they're around,

there is always something going on.

But it's never been this big.

What are you talking about?

Close your eyes.

Keep them closed.

There's fifty times that.

We have to take it, Ray. We have to take it.


You do it.

One night when we're out, and then we go.

Or I go. You follow later, when it's safe.

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Joel Edgerton

Joel Edgerton (born 23 June 1974) is an Australian actor, director, writer, producer and filmmaker. He has starred in numerous Hollywood films, such as Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002), Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005), Warrior (2011), Zero Dark Thirty (2012), The Great Gatsby (2013), Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014), Black Mass (2015), Bright (2017), It Comes at Night (2017), and Red Sparrow (2018).In Australia, Edgerton portrayed Will McGill in the drama series The Secret Life of Us (2001–02), for which he won the AACTA Award for Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama. He has also appeared in several Australian films, such as The Square (2008), Animal Kingdom (2010), for which he won the AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Wish You Were Here (2012), and Felony (2013). In 2015, Edgerton received a nomination for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – First-Time Feature Film for The Gift, a psychological horror-thriller film Edgerton wrote, directed, co-produced, and in which he co-starred. Edgerton garnered further critical acclaim for his performance as Richard Loving in the 2016 historical drama Loving, for which he received a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. more…

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