Songs from the Second Floor (2000) Roy Andersson
Roy Andersson is arguably Sweden’s greatest and definitely Sweden’s most singular living filmmaker. There are many things that set Andersson apart, among them the imagery that has become his hallmark – bleak tableauesque scenes devoid of cuts and close ups – and an unmistakable absurdist tone. The film that cemented Andersson’s personal style is Songs from the Second Floor, a film both written and directed by the man in question. It constitutes the first part of Andersson’s “Living Trilogy” and can be described as a tragic comedy or a comic tragedy containing a quiet but strong social critique. If you haven’t seen anything by Andersson before, I dare say that you won’t have seen anything quite like Songs from the Second Floor. It’s that unique.