GenreComedy, Drama Initial DVD releaseMarch 23, 2004 WriterRoy Andersson LanguageSwedish
Release dateMay 2000 (2000-05) (Cannes)
6 October 2000 (2000-10-06) (Sweden) CastLars Nordh (Kalle), Stefan Larsson (Stefan), Bengt C.W. Carlsson (Lennart), Torbjörn Fahlström (Pelle Wigert), Sten Andersson (Lasse), Rolando Núñez (The foreigner (as Rolandp Nunez)) Similar moviesWerckmeister Harmonies, Snowpiercer, Jamon Jamon, Beetlejuice, Source Code, The Notebook
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Songs from the Second Floor (Swedish: Sånger från andra våningen) is a Swedish black comedy-drama film which was released to cinemas in Sweden on 6 October 2000, written and directed by Roy Andersson. It presents a series of disconnected vignettes that together interrogate aspects of modern life. The film uses many quotations from the work of the Peruvian poet César Vallejo as a recurring motif.
It is the first film in a trilogy, followed by You, the Living (2007) and A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2014).
Songs from the second floor 2000 english subtitles
A man is standing in a subway car, his face dirty with soot. In his right hand he carries a plastic bag with documents, or rather, the charred leftovers of them. In a corridor a man is clinging desperately to the legs of the boss who just fired him. He is screaming: "I've been here for thirty years!" In a coffee shop someone is waiting for his father, who just burned his furniture company for insurance money. Traffic jams and self-flagellating stock brokers are filling up the streets while an economist, desperate for a solution to the problem of work becoming too expensive, gazes into the crystal ball of a scryer. The main men all have goals but their destinations change during the story.
Lars Nordh as Kalle
Stefan Larsson as Stefan
Bengt C. W. Carlsson as Lennart
Torbjörn Fahlström as Pelle Wigert
Sten Andersson as Lasse
Rolando Núñez as the foreigner
Lucio Vucina as the magician
Per Jörnelius as the sawed man
Peter Roth as Tomas
Klas-Gösta Olsson as the speechwriter
Nils-Åke Eriksson as patient
Hanna Eriksson as Mia
Tommy Johansson as Uffe
Sture Olsson as Sven
Fredrik Sjögren as the Russian boy
Film critic J. Hoberman from The Village Voice concluded about the film: "Easier to respect than enthuse over, Andersson's rigorous personal vision is not only distanced but distancing." Roger Ebert of Chicago Sun-Times gave the film four stars out of four and wrote, "You may not enjoy it but you will not forget it." Anton Bitel, writing for Eye for Film, felt that "the heavy symbolism overwhelms the storytelling."
On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film received an 89% approval rating, based on 35 reviews, with an average rating of 7.5/10. On Metacritic, the film was given a score of 76 out of 100, based on 14 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews."
Awards and nominations
Best Non-American Film (Bedste ikke amerikanske film) Roy Andersson (director)
Cannes Film Festival
Jury Prize (Roy Andersson)
Brothers Manaki International Film Festival
Audience Award István Borbás
Norwegian International Film Festival
Norwegian Film Critics Award Roy Andersson
Best Film (Bästa film) Lisa Alwert
Best Direction (Bästa regi) Roy Andersson
Best Screenplay (Bästa manuskript) Roy Andersson
Best Cinematography (Bästa foto) István Borbás and Jesper Klevenas