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Songs from the Second Floor [DVD] [2000]

Lars Nordh , Stefan Larsson , Roy Andersson    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Lars Nordh, Stefan Larsson, Bengt C.W Carlsson
  • Directors: Roy Andersson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Swedish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Mar 2011
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00450AG7I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,181 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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One evening, a series of strange events with no apparent logic take their course. A clerk is made redundant; an immigrant is violently attacked; a magician makes a disastrous mess of his routine. One person stands out in this collection of characters - it's Karl, and his face is covered in ash. He's just put a match to his furniture store in order to cash in on the insurance. No one gets a wink of sleep that night...

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By K. Gordon TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Unique, funny, brave look at capitalist bureaucracy slowly destroying Swedish society, told through a series of beautifully photographed absurd and surreal vignettes. (Organized religion takes some lumps as well).

The camera never moves, and each scene is a story told in a single wondrously composed and art-directed shot. Some pieces are more powerful than others, some funny, some tragic. But this is bold, adventurous filmmaking. Even it's failed moments are more interesting than most modern 'successes'.

It's fascinating to see how much Andersson's style changed since his great first success 'A Swedish Love Story' 30 years earlier. That film was a subtle, naturalistic, wonderful look at young love. Here he creates what one critic aptly labeled 'Monty Python meets Ingmar Bergman'. I'd throw in ex-Monty Python Terry Gilliam's 'Brazil' as well. If that sounds at all interesting to you, check this out, as well as Andersson's equally terrific follow up, 'We, The Living'.

(Note, the pace is very slow by modern cinema standards. but I found myself pulled into it, the way one is by good poetry).
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Biggest of Surrealism! 23 Mar 2013
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If you want to feel, hear, and (even) smell a taste of Fellini, Dali or Buñuel inspired work, you must have to see this, winner of Cannes and a re-interpretinf the feel of empty or lost...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Songs from the Second Floor 29 Dec 2012
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Although small by international standards, the Swedish film industry consistently produces films that have a particular quality found nowhere else. This is one of them, and although it took a little time to get into synch. with it, it exerts a strange fascination reminiscent of Ingmar Bergman's films. Particularly noteworthy is the music which was composed by Benny Andersson of ABBA fame, and once heard, his piece 'Song from the Second Floor' is an 'Ohrwurm' which will carry on reverberating around your head for some time afterwards. This film will not appeal to everyone, but it fascinated me.
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By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Intriguing and/or infuriating in varying amounts, one can't help feel that being Scandinavian and knowing their 'humour', would definitely help, here. But for those who "get" the uniqueness of Roy Andersson really swear by his genius, whilst (possibly) the majority will prefer watching their dinner getting cold.

These vignettes, of exaggerated ordinariness are almost caricatures of contemporary City life and its inhabitants - few words, static cameras that portray life as idiosyncratic snippets, are based on Peruvian poet Cesar Vallejo's works. Abandon all pre-existing ideas and notions on what makes a film or what should happen within it, clear the mind and let 'Songs..' take over you.

There is little, or indeed, no point in describing what happens or to whom. It almost doesn't matter. My thoughts (this is my 4th viewing and it seems as fresh as the first) is that it's Alice In Wonderland, except the colour and acid-trip weirdness has been replaced by an adult version, set on cold, blue and empty streets and in boxes of concrete where people sort of live and where almost all colour has been drawn from them and their lives. It's not a comedy in the usual sense, though is often funny purely by being so offbeat.

The comparisons could go on for as long as one's own personal repertoire and viewing/reading history allows - it's inevitable: Jacques Tatti suddenly crops up in my mind.

There's nudity, but not as we usually see it - we expect to be rather offended by people that, shall we say, we wouldn't want, or expect see in films, to be naked, or making love, but actually we see very little and they pass onto the next scene as if there had been nothing so natural, ever!

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4.0 out of 5 stars surreal misery of every day life 30 July 2012
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This isnt an easy film to watch , I went to bed feeling rather depressed , monday morning loomed and I could feel the misery of the same old week , the 9 to 5 work until you die or retire and being caught in the endless journeys of the commute and the endlessness in which we all try to do our best . At times Monty Python , then 100 days of sodom . then tender , next impossible to understand . This isnt a film to necessary like but it will stick in your mind for a long long time . Blessed are those who sit down and I would add ; blessed are those middle aged men on the tube wondering why they are doing what they do . A mourning the loss of spiritually and reason to our every day lives.
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