3.4 stars. Sometimes daft, Andersson's putty-coloured world, but not without pathos. Tellingly, the films 'YtL' reminds me most of are the 'Never Say No to Panda' adverts. I think there is part of Andersson that sees the world in terms of copy: 'Rogue Barber Shaves Racist' etc.) I appreciated the film's interrogation of the truism that there is nothing more boring than listening to other people's dreams. Sad but fun.
Reicht leider bei weitem nicht an "Songs from the Second Floor" (2000) oder "A Pigeopn Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence" (2014) heran. / Unfortunately, this film does not measure up to "Songs from the Second Floor" (2000) or "A Pigeopn Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence" (2014).
Aren't political films at their best when they don't suffer from the weight of morality? Just as much absurd comedy than it is nihilistic parable, DU LEVANDE doesn't fail to deliver a glimpse of hope lingering in the thicket that is human misbehaviour. An unmistakingly Scandinavian humour, long takes, and stunning set design contribute to the sublime depression that is this film.
It is a good film after all, made me laugh a few times. But there was no thrill. The electric chair scene and the psychiater speech scene were the ones i liked the most. I liked the cinematography, the cold atmosphere. It was like looking at photographs. At first I thought it's crap, but reading all the positive reviews here I gave it another try. It is not that orgasmic as some reviews say, but it has something.
50 hyperreal and urbsurd (urban absurdity, a word coined by Khushboo Ranka to catalogue the specific genre of surreal ironies manifesting in urban settings) vignettes seem to traverse a range of human misery, from alienation to apocalypse, and still manage to leave you with a sense of wonder (and even joy).