Like his previous features SONGS FROM THE SECOND FLOOR and YOU, THE LIVING, master Swedish director Roy Andersson takes up the theme of “being a human being” with this meticulously crafted, dreamlike black comedy. Sam and Jonathan, a pair of hapless novelty salesman, take us on a kaleidoscopic tour of the human condition in reality and fantasy, unfolding in absurdist episodes: a sing-along at a 1940s beer hall, a randy flamenco teacher, a thirsty King Charles XII of Sweden en route to battle, and a diabolical metaphor for the horrors inflicted by European colonialism. It is a journey that unveils the beauty of single moments, the pettiness of others, life’s grandeur, and the humor and tragedy hidden within us all.
|Run time||101 min|
|Actors||Nils Westblom, Holger Andersson, Viktor Gyllenberg, Lotti Tornros, Jonas Gerholm, Ola Stensson|
|MPAA||Not-Rated (Rated PG-13 for brief sexuality and some disturbing images)|
|Where to Rent||Netflix Redbox|