• Gareth Crook

Songs for the Second Floor (2000)

Updated: Jul 31, 2019

I've watched this in the wrong order. I started with the wonderfully titled 'A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence', the final part in this trilogy last year and really enjoyed it. This, the first part is much better though. The camera rarely moves, which makes each scene look like a painting, albeit often a rather dark troubling painting. This is the sort of film that's rationale, plot and purpose is pulled apart in film studies and it's not really easy to do that in a Facebook post. So I'll just say it's about human kind and civilisation. "It's not easy being human", but with so many fascinating scenes, this is still a cinematic treat to enjoy.

9/10


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