Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5
Original title: Sanger Fran Andra Vaningen
Sweden/Norway/Denmark, 2000. Coproduction Office, Danmarks Radio, Easy Film, Essential Filmproduktion GmbH, Nordisk Film- & TV-Fond, Norsk Rikskringkasting, Roy Andersson Filmproduktion AB, SVT Drama, Svenska Filminstitutet. Screenplay by Roy Andersson. Cinematography by Istvan Borbas, Jesper Klevenas, Robert Komarek. Produced by Lisa Alwert, Roy Andersson. Costume Design by Leontine Arvidsson. Film Editing by Roy Andersson.
Philosophically immersed serio-comedy inspired by the poems of Caesar Vallejo that took director Roy Andersson four years to complete. Essentially it is a collection of disjointed scenes, each of them filmed in a single take, that describe all manner of situations that the human condition experiences: life and death, love and loneliness. Some are obscurely curious while others delightfully funny, and still a few are beautiful in their sense of the bizarre. Although it has its moments of interest, the film will only be appreciated by a very select group of viewers: even the most daring out there will have to admit that at least some of the skits are very dull.
Cannes Film Festival Award: Jury Prize
Toronto International Film Festival: 2000