Songs From the Second Floor Reviews
It's an allegorical comedy about capitalism and an inexplicable apocalypse, told via a series of unrelated vignettes with the through-line of a furniture salesman (Lars Nordh, far-fetched and grumpy as if he were Harry Potter's more reserved, forgotten uncle), one of whose two sons is told he's recently burned down his place of business, while the other wrote poetry to such a point of insanity he was expelled to a mental asylum.
"Songs from the Second Floor" is a movie I can't imagine working in any other medium but film. A museum photo or painting exhibition maybe, but Andersson constantly juggles the addition of a new visual gag across whatever length of his singular, still frame. The players regularly quote the poetry of César Vallejo, specifically "Stumble Between Two Stars", a ballad to commonplace human misfortune. The remaining list of auteur influences, I could go on. "Songs" isn't very comfortable viewing, that's for sure. But for cinephiles like myself Andersson's surrealist masterpiece feels essential. It's almost like Don DeLillo by way of Pier Paolo Pasolini. (91/100)