Songs From the Second Floor (2002)
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Songs From the Second Floor, which shared the Special Jury Prize at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival, is an indescribably surrealistic examination of the pointlessness of modern life in a nameless city full of directionless people. Throughout a series of unrelated vignettes, all marked by absurd black humor, the film's characters stand witness to an utterly motionless traffic jam, the pathetic firing of a 30-year employee, a magic trick gone horribly wrong, and the failed business ventures of a
Jul 3, 2002 Wide
Mar 23, 2004
New Yorker Films
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Let your literal, linear self take a chance on Songs From the Second Floor. Andersson is a philosopher with a brilliant eye for composing his ideas on the big screen.
Like an Ingmar Bergman movie as realized by Monty Python: It's seriously gloomy about the loss of spirituality in the world, but at the same time rudely, sometimes hilariously, absurd.
A brilliant, absurd collection of vignettes that, in their own idiosyncratic way, sum up the strange horror of life in the new millennium.
Depressive, slow, darkly funny, unyielding in its formal rigor, and unsettlingly beautiful.
Strange, funny, twisted, brilliant and macabre.
like Bergman approaching Swedish fatalism using Gary Larson's Far Side humor in a script acted by the Monty Python troop
the everyday apocalypse envisaged in Songs From The Second Floor is a wonder to behold, an idiosyncratic humanist allegory without parallel in cinema - unless, of course, you include Andersson's equally astonishing follow-up You, The Living (2007)
A unique document of the surreal at work within the confines of the everyday.
An absurdist spider web.
Parts seem like they were lifted from Terry Gilliam's subconscious, pressed through Kafka's meat grinder and into Buñuel's casings
This is cruel, misanthropic stuff with only weak claims to surrealism and black comedy.
A macabre and very stylized Swedish fillm about a modern city where all the religious and civic virtues that hold society in place are in tatters.
There's really only one good idea in this movie, but the director runs with it and presents it with an unforgettable visual panache.
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