The master of mirthful melancholy returns with the Venice Film Festival award-winning rumination on what it means to be human.
With its omniscient narration – a soothing female voice introducing a series of characters who live in Stockholm, Roy Andersson’s film continues the unique style that he perfected in his series of comic masterpieces ‘Songs From the Second Floor’, ‘You, the Living’ and ‘A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence. (All available on Curzon Home Cinema.) Blending wry comedy with moments of pathos, Andersson’s film builds up a portrait of lives past and present wishing to find meaning in the world and to seek that most elusive of things: happiness. What’s so extraordinary about Andersson’s cinema is that where some filmmakers might produce dark and troubling dramas, Andersson produces work of comic brilliance and even moments of pure undiluted happiness for which his characters so desperately search.
★★★★★ "Andersson’s films are endlessly rewatchable. To view them is to abolish gravity." - Peter Bradshaw's Film Of The Week, The Guardian
★★★★★ "A blissful melange of joy and sadness. Andersson’s masterpiece." - David Jenkins, Little White Lies