You have never seen a film like this before. You may not enjoy it but you will not forget it. -- Roger Ebert
“You have never seen a film like this before. You may not enjoy it but you will not forget it.” —Roger Ebert
For the first part of his trilogy, Andersson presents a film featuring a magician accidentally bisecting an audience member, a boy who cannot stop writing poetry, and a man who torches his furniture shop to start a new business selling crucifixes. These and other unrelated scenarios depict a place that is unraveling and characters who are giving up hope. Andersson’s long shots and carefully layered scenes–as well as his skill at finding humor in the bleakest of situations–are brilliant. Winner of the Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival. 2000, DCP, in Swedish and Russian with English subtitles, 98 minutes.