Songs From the Second Floor
Songs From the Second Floor (2002)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 3, 2002
DVD Release Date: March 23, 2004
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael Booth
Denver Post

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.

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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune

A brilliant, absurd collection of vignettes that, in their own idiosyncratic way, sum up the strange horror of life in the new millennium.

Josh Larsen

...feels like the world's last whimper.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

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.

Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Depressive, slow, darkly funny, unyielding in its formal rigor, and unsettlingly beautiful.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

like Bergman approaching Swedish fatalism using Gary Larson's Far Side humor in a script acted by the Monty Python troop

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

You may not enjoy it but you will not forget it.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Strange, funny, twisted, brilliant and macabre.

Anton Bitel
Eye for Film

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)

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
I would have love to have seen this on a big screen. I am sure I missed a lot of detail in Roy Anderson's meticulously crafted tableaux on my 27'… More
Greg S
A series of carefully woven absurdist and magical realist sketches set in a nameless Scandinavian city at the dawn of the millennium where flagellants parade… More
Rubia Carolina
<br> The first impression I had watching "Songs From the Second Floor" was of a collection of life metaphors boxed in a surrealistic shape. A… More
Arash Xak
Strangely cold & bitter & I mean it when I say strangely, Loneliness, vulnerability, social breakdown & ... Looks like a warning , Anyway has some… More
Luke Baldock
I loved some of the ideas presented here, but not so much the cold and empty execution. This is no fault of the film. It is just such a bizarre offering that… More
Curtis Lilly
Um...This movie is crazy. Not in a good way, either. Save yourself 2.50$ and organize your bookshelf or something.