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The Guitar Mongoloid
DIrected by Ruben Östlund • 2004 • Sweden
Starring Mikael Allu, Bjarne Gunnarsson, Erik Gustafsson
Earning comparisons to the work of Harmony Korine and Roy Andersson, Ruben Östlund’s audacious feature debut is a defiantly lo-fi, virtually plotless portrait of iconoclasts and outsiders living on the margins of a fictional city known as Jöteborg (which closely resembles Gothenburg). Training his coolly detached, perpetually static camera on a cross section of hooligans, bikers, buskers, and oddballs, Östlund fashions a wild, weird, and at times surprisingly sensitive look at the ineffable strangeness of human nature.