Small Apartments_’ Franklin Franklin is a fully realized and sympathetic protagonist in the vein of Ignatius Reilly (_A Confederacy of Dunces), a simple man who yearns for “a land of pastoral serenity” devoid of the irritants of contemporary urban life. An off-beat tale, Small Apartments is accented along the way by murder, strange fingernail collections, and the occasional blast from a treasured alphorn. –SXSW
Jonas Åkerlund (born November 10, 1965) is a Swedish film and music video director. He is best known for his stylish music videos, which are often mock forms of movie trailers and short films. His video for Madonna’s song “Ray of Light” won a Grammy for Best Music Video, Short Form, and a record seven awards at 1998 MTV Video Music Awards, including the Video of the Year.
Åkerlund was a member of the Swedish black metal band Bathory from 1983 through 1984. He first found fame as main video director for Swedish pop act Roxette. In 1998 he worked with Madonna for the song “Ray of Light”, he has since worked with superstars such as Metallica, Christina Aguilera, U2, Blink-182, P!nk and Lady Gaga. He directed the music video for the Smashing Pumpkins’ single Try, Try, Try, from which a short film Try was spawned. He also turned his hand to designer and photographer for the Roxette album Room Service in 2001. In 2002 his first full length movie, Spun debuted. He directed recent adverts… read more
Bizarre, crude, and unsettling performances combined with a quirky production design adds up to a surprisingly funny (although completely absurdist) movie. The camera work was at times really nice and crisp, particularly at night, but most of the time it had a really tacky over-saturated look. All in all, worth checking out - if even just for Lucas' performance (the suicide set-up, in particular).
I really like Jonas Akerlund's directorial stamp. It shows through in all his work - both features and music video. But the kind of emotional heights he reached in "Spun" aren't really present here. In fact, I kind of found this film weirdly empty. I'm not sure I caught onto what the hell it was supposed to even be about.