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Songs from the Second Floor (2000)

Sånger från andra våningen (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 6 October 2000 (Sweden)
Where are we humans going? A film poem inspired by the Peruvian poet César Vallejo. We meet people in the city. People trying to communicate, searching compassion and get the connection of small and large things.

Director:

Roy Andersson

Writer:

Roy Andersson

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lars Nordh Lars Nordh ... Kalle
Stefan Larsson Stefan Larsson ... Stefan
Bengt C.W. Carlsson Bengt C.W. Carlsson ... Lennart
Torbjörn Fahlström Torbjörn Fahlström ... Pelle Wigert
Sten Andersson Sten Andersson ... Lasse
Rolando Núñez Rolando Núñez ... The foreigner (as Rolando Nunez)
Lucio Vucina Lucio Vucina ... The magician
Per Jörnelius Per Jörnelius ... The sawed man
Peter Roth Peter Roth ... Tomas
Klas-Gösta Olsson Klas-Gösta Olsson ... The speechwriter (as Klas Gosta Olsson)
Nils-Åke Eriksson Nils-Åke Eriksson ... Patient
Hanna Eriksson Hanna Eriksson ... Mia
Tommy Johansson Tommy Johansson ... Uffe
Sture Olsson Sture Olsson ... Sven
Fredrik Sjögren Fredrik Sjögren ... The Russian boy
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Storyline

A film poem inspired by the Peruvian poet César Vallejo. A story about our need for love, our confusion, greatness and smallness and, most of all, our vulnerability. It is a story with many characters, among them a father and his mistress, his youngest son and his girlfriend. It is a film about big lies, abandonment and the eternal longing for companionship and confirmation. Written by Fredrik Klasson <fredrik.klasson@telia.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Sweden | Norway | Denmark

Language:

Swedish | Russian

Release Date:

6 October 2000 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Songs from the Second Floor See more »

Filming Locations:

Mysinge, Kalmar län, Sweden See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$80,334

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$80,334
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Each scene is shot with one take where the camera stands still as the actors embrace the frame (the camera moves once in the entire film, in the railway station scene). See more »

Quotes

[throwing away Christ crucifixes he couldn't sell]
Business Man: I am so embarrassed, my face is red. I staked everything on a loser.
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Connections

Referenced in Blodigt jävla helvete (2008) See more »

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"Slapstick Bergman" indeed
13 June 2003 | by -88See all my reviews

One critic described this film as being "Slapstick Ingmar Bergman"; it's a great joke, and in many ways a true one. I've never seen a movie like this before, and I haven't laughed so hard at one in years. Every single scene has something off-beat or funny happening in it, so that you may want to see it more than once. (I watched it twice in one day!) The best bit occurs when the businesspeople decide on a rash course of action to save the faltering economy. I won't spoil it for you but trust me, it's one of the blackest comic moments in all of film. Don't miss it!


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