A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…
You, the Living
In the Swedish city of Lethe, people from different walks of life take part in a series of short, deadpan vignettes that rush past. Some are just seconds long, none longer than a couple of minutes. A young woman (Jessica Lundberg) remembers a fantasy honeymoon with a rock guitarist. A man awakes from a dream about bomber planes. A businessman boasts about success while being robbed by a pickpocket and so on. The absurdist collection is accompanied by Dixieland jazz and similar music.
Film #7 of Gustav's Recommendations
”Tommorow is another day.”
Well, I have a confession to make. I did something horrible (from a cinephilic point of view of course) while watching Roy Andersson’s 2000 film, Songs From the Second Floor: I was so bored, upset, angry and confused that I used fast forward button and skipped the final 15 minutes of the film. That explains how I felt about that “film”. So I was both hopeful and nervous approaching this, I had a feeling that things will be going to be as dire as Songs and at the same time I was hoping that this time around I may be able to understand what really goes on in Mr. Anderson’s mind.…
The biggest issue I had with You, the Living was that it wasn't, I repeat, it wasn't Leon.
"But they're completely different films!" I hear you cry. Bullshit. That's no excuse for this to not be that film. Every film should be Leon or else I'm going to hate it from now on. Heck, if every film isn't Leon from now on, I'm going to bomb anyone who isn't watching Leon because I'm charge of Hollywood now.
Okay. Fine. It's not Leon but either way I can't say I liked it an awful lot. I mean, I enjoyed it from time to time. It was absurd, and surreal and was meaningful, but I just don't think this style is for…
A black-comic version of THE WHITE RIBBON, depicting, with deadpan hilarity, the self-absorption and myopia that can leave a population blind to the rise of fascism, and plant the seed of it in the first place. Exquisitely composed so that its austerity nonetheless places visual gigs in multiple distance planes in nearly every shot. Not as obvious as in SONGS FROM THE SECOND FLOOR, which occasionally cribbed right out of PLAYTIME, but Andersson seems, directorially at least, Tati's heir.
Gustav Roman told me to watch this. A LOOOONNNNGGG time ago. Now I can say I finally got to it. It was on Film4 so I taped it and watched it this morning.
You, the Living is an incredibly surreal film, packed of fifty or so vignettes, each commenting on the human condition. How we long to be loved, to fly above our weight. It doesn't offer an opinion on it, but merely a window to peer in, allowing you to assume your own stance on humanity. Is it pathetic, the fact we simply continue with our lives every day despite setbacks, never reaching our goal? Is it an undying ambition inside every one of us? Or is it just…
While Andersson’s Songs From The Second Floor focused on a society on the brink of becoming emotionless zombies, You, The Living seven years later acknowledges that we have finally gotten to that point. A series of 50 vignettes about the absurdity of life. Some ironic, some blackly comic and some just sad. Andersson seems to view the way most humans accept the dullness of life as ridiculous. He focuses on this with absurd scenes that highlight the strange rules we’ve given ourselves. Like when a man is given the death penalty for breaking some expensive china (the judges drink beer and the audience eats popcorn as he’s led to his death.) A man bemoans the fact that he’s about to…
Roy Andersson is some kind of insane genius. This was my first experience of his style and it has totally blown me away.
His carefully constructed mise-en-scene makes every single shot a work of art as he points his camera at the absurdity of the realities of modern life. So many times I found myself laughing hysterically at what ordinarily might be considered horribly sad events and I think that is the true genius behind this film.
Andersson's humour and insight will certainly further reward repeat viewings, something I intend to do myself in the very near future.
Much preferred to Songs from the Second Floor.
speaking to empty rooms that don't listen back is our only consolation
Man, Roy Andersson is fast moving up my list of favorite contemporary international filmmakers. Between this and Songs from a Second Floor, he truly is one of cinema's most unique voices. This is part two of his trilogy of films which is basically a series of strange, almost surreal and often very wickedly funny vignettes, once again filmed mostly in static one-shots, commenting on contemporary life. Sometimes they're connected to each other, sometimes they're not. If you liked the first one, there's more to love here (and you need not even see the first one since they're not connected in a conventional narrative sense). Once you accept his style and premise, and get into his wavelength, it's PURE JOY to watch. And I mean that.
Visually audacious comedies are rare and beautiful birds. They must be savored.
A bit surreal. A bit absurdist. Meticulously staged vignettes of dry, dark humor. Extraordinary examinations of ordinary people.
Proof that Scandinavians do have a sense of humor, and what's more, it's sharper than our own. As with 'Songs from the Second Floor', 'You, the Living' sometimes suffers from a ponderous pace. And the finale flounders slightly. However, Andersson manages to maintain an elevating sense of humorous honesty throughout, which compliments his detailed set-designs and the nuanced performances of the ensemble.
Найди пять отличий в фильах Роя Андерссона про людей серого цвета, живущих в по-скандинавски минималистичных капртирах-коробках. Любимый эпизод — про то как работяка сдернул на пол скатерть с 200-летним сервизом на пол, за что был отправлен на электрический стул, потому что ничего нет хуже, чем грубое обращение с чужой собственностью.
I'd like to give this another chance in the near future as I watched it over the course of a week in about 15 minute intervals. I want love Roy Andersson but I'm not sure if I'm a huge fan of his signature style, although I will give him the fact that he is a visionary and has certainly influenced a slew of directors.
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