Well, is there a director who looks like making the harlequins dancing at the absurd, dark, comedy, drama walk of the not of this earth society? Did anyone identified with something that knows and has seen again? If yes, then the characterization was a 90% failure, because 90% of Songs From The Second Floor is a movie made by aliens with big white heads and small red lips, moving their skulls really slowly from left to right and then from right to left again.
If you have a gesture of question and baffled and you haven't used it quite a while you can easily be prepared and go and rent this film. The last some years I have come to be both cinema and music fan of the Scandinavian countries (putting Iceland in there also), but this is weird even for the Scandinavian weather. It's a post apocalyptic movie, about people living in ordinary, miserable apartments, having to put up with problems and having very edgy reactions for events that you bleak your eyes more than three time to be convinced that they are happening in front of you, right there on the screen.
Songs From The Second Floor might be a difficult movie, even very difficult for some, but it is one of the masterpieces that the European ultra weird cinema family has to offer. Exquisite, in a equally weird way, made, "irrationally" conceived and certainly incredibly organized, this is a film that makes your heart and mind feel free, even only for the fact that there are people on this planet who can see reality and art in that way. A moment that even if you put as a goal in your life to erase it, will never happen.