Visiting One's Son (Besöka sin son) (1967)
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Roy Andersson's short movies focus on working class and youth daily life, capturing and portraying a small slice of his characters' day. Unlike his next and more known works, he uses very realistic "lens" instead of the surrealistic approach and humor. Everything is so natural - set, interpretations, dialogues - that they could be taken as documentaries. These movies remind me of Chekhov's short fiction, however, with a more interesting mise en scene - at least, given the Chekhov's short stories I read, they would be something close to popcorn movies. Besöka sin son (Visiting One's Son), Hämta en cykel (To Fetch a Bike) and Lördagen den 5.10 (Saturday October 5) are like exercises in style that culminated in his first feature, "A Swedish Love Story (En kärlekshistoria). In "Visiting One's Son", his first movie, Anderson follows the visit of the parents to their student son's apartment . In its 9 minutes length, he brings up social subjects such as working class' life, women's role/wife's submission, conflict of generations. Time changed, things changed, but the scene of the family at the table could still be reproduced today, forty four years later: "You can't just read magazines. Read some books too". You can't just get on the internet. Read some books too.
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