Songs From the Second Floor
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Songs From the Second Floor, which shared the Special Jury Prize at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival, is an indescribably surrealistic examination of the pointlessness of modern life in a nameless city full of directionless people. Throughout a series of unrelated vignettes, all marked by absurd black humor, the film's characters stand witness to an utterly motionless traffic jam, the pathetic firing of a 30-year employee, a magic trick gone horribly wrong, and the failed business ventures of a crucifix salesman. Dialogue is largely absent from the film, and even where present, it usually… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Let your literal, linear self take a chance on Songs From the Second Floor. Andersson is a philosopher with a brilliant eye for composing his ideas on the big screen."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"A brilliant, absurd collection of vignettes that, in their own idiosyncratic way, sum up the strange horror of life in the new millennium."
‑ Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune
"like Bergman approaching Swedish fatalism using Gary Larson's Far Side humor in a script acted by the Monty Python troop"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"The heavy symbolism overwhelms the storytelling."
‑ Mark Robison, Reno Gazette-Journal
"If this is cinema, I pledge allegiance to Cagney and Lacey."
‑ Harry Guerin, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
"Like an Ingmar Bergman movie as realized by Monty Python: It's seriously gloomy about the loss of spirituality in the world, but at the same time rudely, sometimes hilariously, absurd."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Depressive, slow, darkly funny, unyielding in its formal rigor, and unsettlingly beautiful."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"the everyday apocalypse envisaged in Songs From The Second Floor is a wonder to behold, an idiosyncratic humanist allegory without parallel in cinema - unless, of course, you include Andersson's equally astonishing follow-up You, The Living (2007)"
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"The Second Coming on a trash heap."
‑ Leo Goldsmith, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"An absurdist spider web."
‑ Duane Dudek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"You may not enjoy it but you will not forget it."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Strange, funny, twisted, brilliant and macabre."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"A unique document of the surreal at work within the confines of the everyday."
‑ Jake Euker,
"A strangely amusing film."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Parts seem like they were lifted from Terry Gilliam's subconscious, pressed through Kafka's meat grinder and into Buņuel's casings"
‑ Jon Popick, Planet Sick-Boy
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