Songs from the Second Floor
aka Sånger från andra våningen
First screened in April 2004 / Most recently screened in August 2014
Director: Roy Andersson. Cast: Lars Nordh, Torbjörn Fahlströn, Sten Andersson, Stefan Larsson, Sture Olsson, Tommy Johansson, Bengt C.W. Carlsson, Per Jörnelius, Lucio Vucina, Kristina Hukkala Ranch, Helene Mathiasson, Hanna Eriksson, Hasse Söderholm, Rune Falk, Jan Hallberg, Peter Roth, Klas-Gösta Olsson, Rolando Núñez, Jonny Tholwar, Ingela Persson, Jörgen Grundström, Tylar Gustavson, Berndt Dabel, Anders-Per Jonsson, Siv Wagenius, Tanya Lylyoja, Stig Lundström, Nils-Åke Ericsson, Birgitta Gustafvsson, Birger Hedlund. Screenplay: Roy Andersson.

Twitter Capsule: Even skeletal narrative hems Andersson in just a bit. Still, ingeniously dark yet merry apocalyptics.

VOR:   I prefer Andersson's You, the Living as an experience but Songs is where he perfects his stable aesthetic. Ingenious, oddball approach to millennial pessimisms.

Photo © 2000 Roy Andersson Filmproduktion AB/Sveriges Television AB/
Arte France Cinéma, © 2002 New Yorker Films

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B+

Cannes Film Festival: Jury Prize (tie)

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