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…
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.
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 :-)
For much of its runtime, I found this mildly dull and nihilistic. Then, after a wonderful scene depicting a honeymoon as a train ride, I saw the film in a new perspective. While a bit repititve, this is a surprisingly generous and poignant film.
Sousaphones are silly.
Less arduous and dire than Songs from the Second Floor, and thus not as funny and crippling. I was caught off-guard by the turn in the final shot, a clever reframing that Andersson deftly foreshadows. While that shot retroactively excuses some of You, the Living's diffuseness, its vignettes are nonetheless too disjointed and Andersson's sets and images too infrequently unfathomably deep or complex—bold inventive shots like the train-house are sparing. A lack of visual trailblazing wasn't my main barrier however. That would be what I mentioned at the top: this just isn't very funny.
Besides cackling at the guy pulling the tablecloth, the fact that each vignette is only a few seconds/minutes long was a major disservice imo. The movie itself is way too scattershot to be a genuinely interesting movie. I liked the makeup and the actual mise en scène a lot but wow this felt interminable for the majority of it.
that said...that tablecloth thing was fucking gangbusters
It is becoming increasingly rare that I enjoy a motion picture as passionately and ardently as I did for Roy Andersson's You, the Living. I love movies and I love watching them every day; that being said, the wow factor certainly fades from time to time, especially when everything seems to do similar things. But then, in comes You, the Living, a movie completely unlike anything I've seen before that has radically moved me in ways I haven't felt in a while. In short, it's movies like You, the Living that show why the motion picture is such a powerful and important artistic medium.
To describe this piece as a series of vignettes doesn't do the piece justice whatsoever. Really,…
Im not one for generalisations or making big statements but i’d be flabbergasted if anywhere in cinema history there is a funnier sex scene than the one midway through this cold and moody black comedy. An elderly man could not care less about whats going on as he looks at the camera and complains about taxation and his pension. The more he drones on, the more it seems to work for the young lady on top of him. Everything about it from her headgear to his poor little body to his voice is just amazing. The way Andersson uses the risky technique of having characters break the fourth wall is the way it really should be done. Its as if…
Roy Andersson impresses yet again with You, The Living; fascinatingly drab and brilliantly dark in humour, the flick is a remarkable portrayal of the hopeless plight of humanity.
Re-watch on the big screen.
Abysmal and hilarious at the same time!
Even better this watch.
A bleak hilarious parody of life.
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