The first entry in a thread where I (and hopefully you) want to explore some of the films of this decade that fit the thread title.
Songs From The Second Floor (Roy Andersson, 2000)
Reminescent of Samuel Beckett and Jacques Tati, Roy Andersson's film sets up several tableaus with a long depth of field (the best use since Sergio Leone), depicting an absurd portrait of a modern capitalist world that is a market place, but when the economy suffers, the people start to panic (sound familiar?), and they resort to superstition and other bizarre rituals.
This is the most depressing film I've seen this decade. It also may be the funniest.
The images put on display point a finger at our own hypocrisy. I don't want to ruin some of the things you see in this movie, but they will stick with you.
The main story, if there is one, is of a man whose system has failed him. A father who has just burned down his furniture business. His oldest son is in a mental hosptial for, in the father's words, "writing poetry until he went crazy". The father starts to lose his grip as well, and the audinece is left with one of the most haunting last shots of the decade.
But I'm making this film sound like something of a slog. It's really CINECAST!in' funny, a satire for this decade, for sure. See it.