DVD: Songs from the Second Floor (15)

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The Independent Culture

Roy Andersson presents a bleak and absurd picture of Sweden in this film, first released in 2000.

Paying homage to the Peruvian poet César Vallejo, he depicts a disjointed series of anxious and unfulfilled characters burdened by dark episodes in recent history and fraught with a sense of futility. Unsettling, funny and poignant, Andersson's portrait of postmodern nightmares is a powerful statement on the meaning, and meaninglessness, of life.