Sound of Noise
Release date: December 25, 2010
Director: Ola Simonsson, Johannes Stjärne Nilsson
Screenplay by: Ola Simonsson, Johannes Stjärne Nilsson & Jim Birmant
Cast: Bengt Nilsson, Sanna Persson, Magnus Börjeson
Sound of Noise is what Swedish movies should be all about. Let me rephrase that, Sound of Noise is another step being taken in the revolution of Swedish movies going on right now. With movies like I Rymden Finns Inga Känslor and Himlen är Oskyldigt Blå (Behind Blue Skies) Swedish movies are evolving. From being somewhat silly and filled with degrading humor, to movies based on books, Swedish movies were lacking. But then came the Fares brothers, and since then there has been a change in the air.
So what is this movie about? Well that is a really good question. First, we have this group of musicians that dream of a world with music that is free and available to all. Then, we have a cop that hates music because he is tone deaf. The musicians feel like they need a revolution and they set out to share it with the world. The cop hates them for that and does all he can to catch the musicians. All in all, it was completely bananas, and I am laughing as I remember it all.
Funny thing is that while interviewing one of the directors of this movie I accidently spilled that I thought that this movie was so non-Swedish. Problem with that statement is that the discussion of what is Swedish needs to be done. I am somewhat prejudice towards that because I am not, nor was I born in Sweden. I found myself going, “Oh my god, that is so Swedish.” But there is an agreement that Swedish people are boring — boring but very friendly. This movie is friendly, but not boring. Sound of Noise is actually quite endearing, innovative, and it is a pile of joy. I found myself laughing a lot and amazed with some of the scenes.
Sound of Noise is a musical, but at the same time it isn’t — check the interview with Ola Simonsson to understand that. I guess that is what makes the movie refreshing.