OscarGuy wrote:I'm guessing length. IMDb says it's 142 minutes. Either that or they are angling for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film and maybe the only way to do that is to cut English dialogue?
Actually Wes, you could be right about the English dialogue. Depending on the Academy rules.
I did state in another post:
"Most of The Square is in Swedish. Though Elizabeth Moss, Dominic West & Terry Notary received equal top billing in the opening credits the real star of the film is Claes Bang. Moss has 4 or 5 screens, West has 2 & Notary has 1(maybe briefly in another). Everything else is in Swedish and even some of the scenes with English speaking actors have Swedish spoken (the Dominic West Q&A being a case in point)."
I've just asked my partner how much of The Square he thought was in English and he initially said 50%, then lowered it to one third of the film. My statement above that 'everything else is in Swedish' is not correct. Claes Bang who plays the lead role sometimes spoke English in other scenes. Unfortunately when we saw the film all the dialogue (including English) was subtitled. Whenever subtitles in English (or French) appear I can't help but read them regardless of what language is being spoken. So I feel like I the version I saw was overwhelmingly Swedish (with a bit of French thrown in) when they was probably not the case. But then even the first scene that features Dominic West was a mixture of English & Swedish.
So maybe the are going to tinker with the Swedish release for that purpose.
Though the film does clock in at 142 minutes it moves along very quickly and whilst I hate to see it changed, I must concede that a few minor trims to some of the longer drama scenes probably wouldn't do any damage to the film. Any cuts to the comic ones would utterly destroy it, but there are less of those and they require their length for the build-up of the unexpected.
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