"Musical terrorism." When I heard this phrase in conjunction with 'Sound of Noise,' a Swedish film that screened at Fantastic Fest on Saturday, I immediately thought of 'The Blues Brothers.' Those gentlemen wreaked a lot of havoc ... but of course it was for a charitable cause. In 'Sound of Noise,' musicians wreak major havoc all over the city, on purpose, simply because they love music and want people to hear the music in everyday life, as opposed to Muzak and even traditional classical music. The film's successful balance of comedy, music, and police procedural make it easy to understand why it won two Critics Week awards at Cannes this year.
Amadeus Warnebring (Bengt Nilsson) is a police inspector and also the only completely tone-deaf member of an extended musical family, including a younger brother who is a famous conductor. Warnebring knows enough about music to realize that a ticking noise his colleagues believe is from a car bomb is in fact a metronome ... and the discovery of that metronome puts him on the trail of a gang of musicians perpetrating odd crimes. Sanna (Sanna Persson) and her composer friend Magnus (Magnus Borjeson) are the head of a group performing Magnus's symphony "Music for One City and Six Drummers," which comprises four movements set in the most unlikely parts of town and involves the most unlikely musical instruments. Everything has musical possibilities in this group's hands, from medical equipment to shredders to bulldozers.