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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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Since most of these failings are common to all nations at all times, the film has a universal quality. The Swedish film industry is relatively small, but there are some huge scenes in this film, which will resonate in the viewer's mind for a long time.
The other two films in this trilogy, You the Living [DVD] and A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence [DVD] are similarly magnificent, and well worth watching.
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and it seems as fresh as the first) is that it's Alice In Wonderland, except the colour and acid-trip weirdness has been replaced by an adult version, set on cold, blue and empty streets and in boxes of concrete where people sort of live and where almost all colour has been drawn from them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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There is also something also warm and endearing about this pathetic-ness if one is open about it. If not for you then there are plenty of films about aeroplanes crashing into skyscapers and heroic types (which do not actually exist I believe) fighting against impossible odd and getting the pretty bimbo at the end. The end.
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This is described as "A series of comic interconnected vignettes" and a "hilarious masterpiece". Unfortunately there isn't even a smile to be had here. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Allan
I saw this film recently and I have just one word, 'brilliant '. It really is such a great film but not to everyone's taste. . Read morePublished 13 months ago by Dela
Roy Andersson's first in the series. Rather dark and not quite as good as his later additions to the series. Still interesting and provocative.Published 22 months ago by Malcolm