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Sam and Jonathan, a pair of hapless novelty salesman, embark on a tour of the human condition in reality and fantasy that unfold in a series of absurdist episodes.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Holger Andersson ... Jonathan
Per Bergqvist
Charlotta Larsson ... Lotta
Viktor Gyllenberg ... Karl XII
Sture Olsson
Lotti Törnros ... Flamenco Teacher
Jonas Gerholm ... Lonesome Lieutnant
Ingvar Olsson
Ola Stensson ... Captain / Barber
Oscar Salomonsson ... Dancer
Roger Olsen Likvern ... Caretaker
Linda Birgersson
Arne Hellqvist
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Sam and Jonathan, a pair of hapless novelty salesman, embark on a tour of the human condition in reality and fantasy that unfold in a series of absurdist episodes.

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Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

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Rated PG-13 for brief sexuality and some disturbing images | See all certifications »

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A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$25,313, 7 June 2015, Limited Release

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$222,284, 11 October 2015
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The military hymn that is sung several times in the film uses the melody of The Battle Hymn of the Republic (Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory). See more »

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Lilla vackra Anna
Written by Bengt Henrik Alstermark (1824)
Performed by Alf Prøysen
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In a world so sad, is it allowed to have a laugh?
24 January 2015 | by See all my reviews

This Scandinavian movie which takes place in an unnamed Swedish town is about bringing joy and laughter to people when there isn't really anything to laugh about. Jonathan (Holger Andersson) and Sam (Nils Westblom) are two joke article salesman, who have only three products: vampire teeth, a canned laughter sack and a frightening rubber mask which they try to sell to resellers. However, the duo is not successful in what they do and so are their – not so funny – products and their uncreative and repetitive sales talk. As they stumble into financial trouble their friendship and business project is about to collapse.

This loose and rather sad story is patched with more absurd incidences. A longer scene takes place in a bar when the young Swedish King Charles XII (1682 - 1718) rides in, as he guides the army to the battle against Russia. Charles asks the handsome barman to come with him to the war. Later, when the army comes home and the war is lost, Charles again visits the bar because he has to go to the toilet. These scenes are not meant to be taken literally but rather embraced as pure images decorated with strange and morbid humor. The world which director Roy Andersson paints for the viewer is drab. There are no colorful things: walls are ocher, bars are gray, the furniture is simple wooden dark brown, and even the faces of the protagonists are white. Nevertheless, the dry jokes, the black humor and the absurdity make the movie fascinating and funny, though a guilty pleasure. Is it really OK to have a laugh or – even worse! – to sell jokes in a world that is so odd, so gray, so dark and sad?

There are two scenes that may have caused uproar but I think not many people made it that far since these scene appear rather late in the film. I won't give it away; you have to find out for yourself. The things that drive common movie goers away are the incredible slow pace of the movie (think of REPULSION (1965)) and the lack of a cohesive storyline. Art seekers on the other side will find an interesting and subtle movie with strange humor that is rarely found.


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