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A film made up of short stylish vignettes of a disparate group of characters, linked from one scene to another sometimes by character, sometimes by location, but all following the themes of absurdity of life, the loneliness of unrequited love, dreams and fantasies explored and the feeling of disconnection from the world and each other. The prevailing gloom and the stark washed out cinematography and mostly static long shot camera work is tempered with some fantastic black humour; a particularly good comic moment involves the retelling of a dream of the pulling a tablecloth from beneath a fully laden family banquet which takes an absurdly tragic turn, also when a business man picks the wrong day to be rude to his barber. A unique film and well worth a watch.
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This movie ranks #20 in FLM's Best Swedish Films of All Time
This movie ranks #46 in Guldbagge Award - Best Swedish Film
This movie ranks #54 in 366 Weird Movies
This movie ranks #277 in TSPDT's 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films
This movie ranks #483 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films: 1001-2000
This movie ranks #1011 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?