Sound of Noise – Siff 2011 Movie Review

Sound of Noise [ Sweden (Swedish), 2010, 102 minutes ]
Director: Ola Simonsson, Johannes Stjärne Nilsson
Principal Cast: Bengt Nilsson, Sanna Persson Halapi, Magnus Börjeson, Anders Vestergård, Fredrik Myhr
See it: June 5, 9, 11 at SIFF

Imagine a group of drummers set loose on a city, creating their beats not just on benches and trash cans, but in a hospital operating room (using ventilators and a patient!), along electrical wires, and using heavy machinery. Would the result be engaging rhythms or musical anarchy? This movie takes inspiration from the short film “Music for One Apartment and Six Drummers” (same directors) and expands it into a feature length movie by providing back stories for each the players and developing a police procedural plot that keeps the musicians on the move around the city with the police hot on their tails. This delightful comedy/drama/experimental musical defies categorization into the typical pigeonholes of most movies, and that’s part of the charm – this is one of my “must-sees” for SIFF 2011!

Overall Entertainment / Enjoyment: A+
One of my favorites of the festival this year! I really enjoyed the absurd use of objects (and people) to create percussion music. It was unexpected and very entertaining, and I felt the plot that was created to bring these people together to create acts of “musical terrorism” had good background for the characters and naturally moved the story along. Great movie!

Film Festivalness: A+
An inventive, unique, and somewhat experimental film that belongs smack in the middle of a film festival. I just hope it gets distribution so I can share it with my friends/family someday!

Watch this Opening Scene of this movie on YouTube!

This movie is based on this short!

Siff Provided Synopsis
The sound and image anarchists behind the 2001 cult short Music for One Apartment and Six Drummers are back. This time, they successfully take their concept and talent to a larger arena in a delightful comic cocktail of modern city symphony, police procedural, and love story. With the most complex and wackily staged musical numbers since Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Delicatessen the feature debut of Swedish directors Ola Simonsson and Johannes Stjärne Nilsson hits notes corresponding to silly, raucous, and rhapsodic. The narrative revolves around police officer Amadeus Warnebring, tone-deaf scion of a distinguished musical family, and his attempts to track down a group of six guerilla percussionists whose anarchic public performances are terrorizing the city. The drumming set pieces correspond to an avant-garde score with four hilariously titled movements. Where the short involved the six drummers imaginatively using standard apartment furnishings as their instruments, the feature unleashes them on an unspecified city’s civic and cultural institutions. Including an amusing back story for each of the soberly dressed drummers as well as their nemesis, music-hating investigator Warnebring, the film creates a treat for the eyes and ears from the dull, repetitive sounds of everyday life.

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