Songs From The Second Floor (2000)

ROY ANDERSSON

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 , , .  Produced by , Roy Andersson.  Costume Design by .  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

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