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The Square

Year: 2008
Production Co: Blue-Tongue Films
Director: Nash Edgerton
Writer: Joel Edgerton/Matthew Dabner
Cast: David Roberts, Claire van der Boom, Joel Edgerton, Anthony Hayes, Lucy Bell, Peter Phelps, Bill Hunter
No pretence, nothing that calls attention to itself, just a classic film noir storyline with realistic characters, thrills, a ballooning sense of doom and a riveting plot.

We meet everyman Ray (Roberts), a married construction foreman who's just trying to make his way. He's far from perfect as he's not opposed to the odd kickback and is also having an affair with pretty local hairdresser Carla (van der Boom), and when she sees her shady Bogan husband (Hayes) hiding a stash of undoubtedly dirty money in the roof, she thinks it's her and Ray's ticket out together.

Thus begins a whole mess of trouble, each tragic mistake building on the last until neither us nor Ray himself can believe how far it - and he himself - has gone to cover his tracks.

Thrown in a few fearsome secondary characters from the dodgy mates of Carla's husband, arsonist-for-hire Joel Edgerton and profane property developer Bill Hunter, and Ray and Carla are soon in deep trouble.

Unlike traditional film noir however, it's all played dead straight. There are no caricatures, costumes or in-jokes. It's a thrilling tale playing itself out in a typical Australian suburban community that'll leave you thrilled.

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