Songs from the Second Floor

Songs From the Second FloorDidn’t really do much for me. Made in 2000 and seemed to have a lot of references to the Swedish financial collapse of the past decade. There isn’t much of a story, just a series of tableaux which include flagellating bankers, a corpulent furniture salesman trying to dig himself out of a rut, and a team of economic advisers who resort to human sacrifice to get the country on the move again. The deadpan vignettes reminded me a lot of Aki Kaurismaki if you like that sort of thing (and admittedly I do a lot, I just think that Kaurismaki does it better). There are some bravura sequences, like a giant airport being flooded by people looking to escape the country. Interesting side note: The music is by ABBA’s Benny Andersson!

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