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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.

Director:

Roy Andersson

Writer:

Roy Andersson

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Cast

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

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Sweden | Norway | Denmark

Language:

Swedish | Russian

Release Date:

6 October 2000 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Songs from the Second Floor See more »

Filming Locations:

Mysinge, Kalmar län, Sweden See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,303, 19 August 2001

Gross USA:

$2,303
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

It took director Roy Andersson four years to complete this film. See more »

Quotes

[about his son]
Kalle: He wrote poetry till he went nuts!
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Connections

References The Meaning of Life (1983) See more »

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A great tonic for those tired of formula
28 November 2000 | by tkillonSee all my reviews

Of the 11 films I saw at this years Vancouver International Film Festival, this was one of the best. Definitely not a film for the masses, but if you're tired of seeing so-so hollywood formula and you and don't mind a shot of bizarre, then this is the film for you. I doubt it will come back for a commercial run, as it is not the kind of film the multiplex crowd would appreciate. If, however, like me, you are a fan of Terry Gilliam and don't mind a slower pace, there is much to recommend this film. Made up of a series of short vignettes, some related and some not, it weaves a story of apocalyptic chaos. A story some of us were expecting to happen Jan.1,2000.

The unmoving camera stares into the lives of a society on the brink. Maybe ours in the near future. A movie that will demand discussion afterwards.A bomb shelter in the blighted landscape of Californication.


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