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Songs from the Second Floor (2000)

Sånger från andra våningen (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 6 October 2000 (Sweden)
Where are we humans going? A film poem inspired by the Peruvian poet César Vallejo. We meet people in the city. People trying to communicate, searching compassion and get the connection of small and large things.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lars Nordh ...
Stefan Larsson ...
Bengt C.W. Carlsson ...
Torbjörn Fahlström ...
Sten Andersson ...
Rolando Núñez ...
The foreigner (as Rolandp Nunez)
Lucio Vucina ...
The magician
Per Jörnelius ...
The sawed man
Peter Roth ...
Klas-Gösta Olsson ...
The speechwriter (as Klas Gosta Olsson)
Nils-Åke Eriksson ...
Hanna Eriksson ...
Tommy Johansson ...
Sture Olsson ...
Fredrik Sjögren ...
The Russian boy


A film poem inspired by the Peruvian poet César Vallejo. A story about our need for love, our confusion, greatness and smallness and, most of all, our vulnerability. It is a story with many characters, among them a father and his mistress, his youngest son and his girlfriend. It is a film about big lies, abandonment and the eternal longing for companionship and confirmation. Written by Fredrik Klasson <fredrik.klasson@telia.com>

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Release Date:

6 October 2000 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Canciones del segundo piso  »

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Opening Weekend:

$60,572 (Sweden) (6 October 2000)


$2,303 (USA) (17 August 2001)

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1.66 : 1
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Each scene is shot with one take where the camera stands still as the actors embrace the frame (the camera moves once in the entire film, in the railway station scene). See more »


The speechwriter: My approach was a rather philosophical one. About being human year after year. This is how I see it. Life is time, and time is a stretch of road. That makes life a journey, a trip. Don't you think so?
Stefan: Yes. I guess you could look at it that way.
The speechwriter: Yet in order to travel you need a map and a compass. Otherwise you wouldn't know where you were. Would you?
Stefan: No.
The speechwriter: And our map and compass are our traditions. Our heritage, our history. Aren't they?
Stefan: Yeah, sure.
The speechwriter: If we don't understand this... Before we know ...
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16 March 2004 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

A magician screws up and saws a volunteer from the audience in half. A man is trying to claim insurance from the shop he burnt down himself, while outside a procession of flagellants whip themselves into a frenzy. The city is plagued by an enormous traffic jam because for some inexplicable reason, everybody seems to be heading in the same direction.

In a series of loosely connected, beautifully shot, meticulously framed and brilliantly designed tableaux vivants, director Roy Anderson gives his unique vision on Western civilization, a vision that is often angry, absurd, dark, surreal and hilariously funny. It is set in a gray, sombre, anonymous city filled with grey sombre anonymous people who are all lonely, frustrated and searching in vain for salvation in a cold and uncaring universe. If there is a better metaphor for Mankind at the end of the twentieth century - or the beginning of the twenty-first - than this movie's final image I have not seen it.

'It's not easy being human' says one of the characters in this movie. No, but it's movies like these that make it worthwhile.


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