This goes beyond the "dysfunctional family" film, into the realm of dysfunctional society. And what makes it all the more strange, is how wrong it is, and at the same time, everyone accepts it. Which is really how our world functions, people don't all behave as they should, but we try to go on as if everything is fine. The camerawork accentuates the feeling by shooting dysfucntionally. For fans of our fuckdup world.
Group dynamics examined in depth: the inner violence of every day situations, the escalation of abuse, ostracism and bullyism, posses and tribes. A bitterly funny look at the mundane. Ulrich Seidl's Swedish alter ego.
Ulrich Seidl and Roy Andersson can now rest peacefully (can they?) - now that they got themselves a hefty and dedicated follower in the face of swedish Ruben Ostlund. I quite like these directors so that's a good news for me.
Thoughtful. Well designed. Controlled. Beautifully framed with great intelligence. The acting overall was excellent and the stories, whilst apparently fragmentary, served to represent various forces shaping contemporary society- it is a sharp critique of mainstream culture & its petty conformity to arbitrary, one might say superficial rules. A good film from a very good director.
A series of events, viewed from the perspective of a static observer. Some uncomfortable moments, perhaps a bit too uncomfortable in parts, but I think that was the film-maker's intention. Thankfully, it didn't go too sinister as is frequently expected.
An interesting mirror on society and particularly how we act when governed by peer pressure. It's easy for the viewer to judge from the fly on the wall position the fixed camera gives us, but I'm sure many of us can relate to at least a few of the situations highlighted in this film.
The point of reference here is the fixed camera. Whatever else it does, it just leaves us gawping at the behaviour of other people;, not involved, not concerned, just staring. Some vague themes were apparent; mans attitude to woman, the nature of control, how age defines behaviour. But the overall feeling most of the time was being somewhere I did not feel comfortable to be
Not seen anything quite like this before, there's an intelligence to it that is beyond me, I found it fascinating and very easy to watch despite a slight feeling of dread that violence would occur at any moment.