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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Thommy Berggren ...
Giliap
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Anna
Willie Andréason ...
Gustav Svensson, "Greven"
Lars-Levi Læstadius ...
Kreip
Henry Olhans ...
The Vulture, "Gamen"
Rainer Mieth ...
Fat Chef
Julie Bernby ...
Singer
Arne Leif Nielsen ...
Simonsson
Raymond Johansson ...
Gunman
Sven Sparr ...
Old Man
Irma Attermark ...
Cashier
Ingvar Lagergren ...
Punk
Lars Lennartsson ...
Bartender
Lennart Pilotti ...
Unwanted Guest
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Girl at Summer Hotel (as Pernilla Wallgren)
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In a minor town the morose manager is primarily responsible for the bad atmosphere of a restaurant. But central for the plot are three persons: a male waiter who is never named (here called W), the female waiter Anna, and "the count", a self-invented nickname by a man cleaning plates. The count is skilled in making others do what he wants. Half a dozen of the personnel assist in a poorly planned and failed attempt to liberate a man whom the police move from one arrest to another. The event involves stealing a motorcycle and threatening policemen with a gun. Anna strongly tries to make contact with W. Finally it turns out that she need his help to break her sexual relation to the count, a relation that from her part is not motivated by positive feelings. W rejects her attempts. And then Anna has suddenly gone. She has got a pleasant job in another town. And then W's feelings awaken. He follows her. During one or two days really great and reciprocal love and happiness emerge. On the ... Written by Max Scharnberg, Stockholm, Sweden

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16 November 1975 (Sweden)  »

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SEK 4,000,000 (estimated)
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The film was razed to the ground by most Swedish critics when released in 1975, and Roy Andersson would not be doing another full-length movie for twenty-five years. Over time though, it has become a cult film and easier to appreciate. See more »

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A job at the Doom Hotel
25 November 2008 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

Arriving at the dreary Busarewsky Hotel (the name, to Swedes, sounds both vaguely Central European and like a pun on 'busar', "goons") the young waiter Giliap soon finds himself in a maze of silent rules, gossip, violence and budding, pathetic revolt. But who can he trust? The film appears to be both absurd and over-the-top serious, and watching it you'll find yourself asking just where is it dead serious and where does satire or (self-)parody start? The slow tempo and long, brooding silences before sometimes outrageously weighted lines, the gloomy lighting and the sudden hysterical swings of the people in the film - all of this was certainly intended, but the purpose of the film is by no means clear, so the viewer has to decide for himself just what enemy Giliap is fighting or what he is searching.

If you've seen "Songs from the Second Floor" you'll recognize some of the style - the long, slow shots, the blunt, searching or unresponsive dialog lines, the dreary, somehow naked and unprotected facial expressions. This is the antithesis of "Beverly Hills 90210", but a very rewarding and sometimes weirdly funny movie experience.


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