The Square (Australia, 105min)
Dir: Nash Edgerton
Starring: David Roberts, Claire van der Boom, Anthony Hayes, Joel Edgerton.
Both go home to their partners: Ray’s wife, Martha (Lucy Bell) is neither as young nor as sexy as Carla, but she is a sweet woman. Carla, however, returns home to find her husband, Smithy (Anthony Hayes), cleaning blood off himself. Smithy’s a rather dubious character, so Carla immediately pokes around the house and finds a bag full of cash that he’s hidden in the ceiling.
Carla proposes to Ray that they steal Smithy’s dirty money and escape their dull lives. Ray agrees to the plan, although he suggests that they burn the house to avoid any incrimination. Enter Billy (Edgerton), another seedy sort whom the couple hires as an arsonist. All goes well until an unforeseen complication leads the plan awry. Much like Walter and Phyllis in Double Indemnity, Ray and Carla’s alliance soon becomes their liability as their guilt quickly involves into a crippling paranoia that causes them to make the sort of rash decisions that make for thrilling cinema.
Nonetheless, any faults are vastly overshadowed by the film’s unpredictability and by the tension that is made tangible by the superior production efforts. Even when The Square comes to a sudden and explosively messy conclusion, it’s very satisfying. This Aussie film noir is a true “Must See”.