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…
ONE OF THE FUNNIEST FILMS I HAVE EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE!!! I WAS ROLLING ON THE GROUND IN LAUGHTER! IT WAS HOWLARIOUS MY STOMACH HURT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Imagine if you put Tati,Kaurismaki and Bunuel in a blender the resultant concoction would be this delightful cocktail!! I applaud Andersson for his vivid imagination...it captures life in all its ups and downs! Highly original,marvelous acting and brilliant direction makes this one of the years very best!
P.S - The Guitar solo number ,the dinner table scene and the Barber Shop sequence were my personal favorites :-)
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.
Ahora los infelices, rutinarios y mundanos cantan y tocan instrumentos.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
"Tomorrow is another day."
this one feels like an expansion of songs from the second floor; i mean, the camera MOVES.
Roy Andersson's follow-up to the powerfully pessimistic Songs from the Second Floor is an apple that did not fall very far from the tree, even if it is an entire different variety of apple. Where the earlier film assumed a sense of disgust toward the human race, showing humans in a number of absurd situations (ranging from very exaggerated to extremely exaggerated to outright metaphor), You, the Living gives off a sense of hope, tying artistic expression to human happiness. IMDb marks the film as a member of the "music" genre, which gives a key insight into the film's purpose, which might be to elevate Andersson's previously expressed misanthropic predestinarianism to a more liberal view of humanity that shows the…
You, the Living is the 2nd film in Roy Andersson’s unofficial trilogy of….life? These movies are easy to explain the esthetic, but nearly impossible to relate the experience of seeing one. I can write about how the camera is mostly stationary and how there are nearly no edits within a scene. I can explain that the color scheme is so drab that it is nearly to the point of being black and white. I can go on about how the acting is downplayed and still as a stone. I can mention that within each shot are layers of depth of field, all…
Paintings morphing into other paintings. One of the most brilliantly shot and staged films I've ever seen. It has incredible form, no doubt. It's on the Dr. Strangelove spectrum of being slow, but rewarding for patience. That not only goes for the snails pace writing and performance, which is actually supplemented by the cinematography and blocking, but for the humor, verging on the level of early Woody Allen or even the Coen Brothers at their zaniest.
As with anything driven by vignettes and anthology-like plots, it loses steam with concept and theme on occasion in the middle. Even with its pacing issues, the overall dramatic package that is You, the Living is a wholly unique vision and experience. It's a…
I thought Sweden was known for having attractive people...
dreams and reality intermingle as the apocalypse looms
I have never seen anything like this movie and I never will ever again. Ever. There are no words through which to describe this experience.
Not everyone is going to appreciate You, the Living as much as I did, and most of those people are dumb Americans. Still, You, the Living isn't a 100% great film. At times I felt it could've been sped up more. Maybe that's because I'm American and need a tits and ass joke. Wait. There kind of was a tits joke in the film.
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).
Sometimes I get stuck in a rut when it comes to watching films. I either just watch anything that comes…