Songs from the Second Floor
|Songs from the Second Floor|
Original Swedish poster
|Directed by||Roy Andersson|
|Produced by||Lisa Alwert
|Written by||Roy Andersson|
Bengt C.W. Carlsson
|Music by||Benny Andersson|
|Edited by||Roy Andersson|
Songs from the Second Floor (Swedish: Sånger från andra våningen) is a 2000 surrealistic Swedish film written and directed by Roy Andersson. It presents a series of disconnected vignettes that together interrogate aspects of modern life. The film uses many quotations from the work of the Peruvian poet César Vallejo as a recurring motif.
A man is standing in a subway car, his face dirty with soot. In his right hand he carries a plastic bag with documents, or rather, the charred leftovers of them. In a corridor a man is clinging desperately to the legs of the boss who just fired him. He is screaming: "I've been here for thirty years!" In a coffee shop someone is waiting for his father, who just burned his furniture company for insurance money. Traffic jams and self-flagellating stock brokers are filling up the streets while an economist, desperate for a solution to the problem of work becoming too expensive, gazes into the crystal ball of a scryer. Everything and everyone is going somewhere but their goal and its meaning have disappeared along the way.
- Lars Nordh as Kalle
- Stefan Larsson as Stefan
- Bengt C. W. Carlsson as Lennart
- Torbjörn Fahlström as Pelle Wigert
- Sten Andersson as Lasse
- Rolando Núñez as the foreigner
- Lucio Vucina as the magician
- Per Jörnelius as the sawed man
- Peter Roth as Tomas
- Klas-Gösta Olsson as the speechwriter
- Nils-Åke Eriksson as patient
- Hanna Eriksson as Mia
- Tommy Johansson as Uffe
- Sture Olsson as Sven
- Fredrik Sjögren as the Russian boy
Film critic J. Hoberman from The Village Voice concluded about the film: "Easier to respect than enthuse over, Andersson's rigorous personal vision is not only distanced but distancing." Roger Ebert of Chicago Sun-Times gave the film four stars out of four and wrote, "You may not enjoy it but you will not forget it." Anton Bitel, writing for Eye for Film, felt that "the heavy symbolism overwhelms the storytelling."
On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film received an 88% approval rating, based on 34 reviews, with an average rating of 7.4/10. On Metacritic, the film was given a score of 76 out of 100, based on 14 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews."
Awards and nominations
- Bodil Awards
- Best Non-American Film (Bedste ikke amerikanske film) Roy Andersson (director)
- Brothers Manaki International Film Festival
- Audience Award István Borbás
- Norwegian International Film Festival
- Norwegian Film Critics Award Roy Andersson
- Guldbagge Award
- Best Film (Bästa film) Lisa Alwert
- Best Direction (Bästa regi) Roy Andersson
- Best Screenplay (Bästa manuskript) Roy Andersson
- Best Cinematography (Bästa foto) István Borbás and Jesper Klevenas
- Best Achievement (Bästa prestation) Jan Alvemark
- British Independent Film Awards
- Best Foreign Independent Film - Foreign Language
- "The New Cult Canon: Songs From The Second Floor". Retrieved 3 October 2014.
- rogerebert.com, "Songs from the Second Floor". Accessed October 3, 2015.
- rottentomatoes.com "Songs from the Second Floor (2002)". Accessed October 3, 2015.
- metacritic.com "Songs from the Second Floor". Accessed December 27, 2015.
- "Festival de Cannes: Songs from the Second Floor". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-10-13.
- Official website
- Songs from the Second Floor at the Internet Movie Database
- Songs from the Second Floor at the Swedish Film Institute Database
- Songs from the Second Floor at Rotten Tomatoes
- Songs from the Second Floor at Metacritic
- Songs from the Second Floor at AllMovie
- "The New Cult Canon: Songs from the Second Floor" at The A.V. Club