Du Levande (You, The Living) (2007)



Critic Consensus: Composed of humorous sketches of human behavior, Roy Andersson's You, the Living is an eccentric but highly entertaining and unforgettable work.

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Filmmaker Roy Andersson draws the viewer into the world of a woman whose most uplifting moments are always balanced by tragedy, and whose joy is constantly offset by sorrow. In laughing along at the good times and shedding a tear at the bad, the comic tragedy of life manifests itself in a manner that all can surely relate to.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Art House & International, Comedy
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Written By: Roy Andersson
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On DVD: Jan 12, 2010
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Critic Reviews for Du Levande (You, The Living)

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (13)

You, the Living suggests that we would do well to discover the joy we find in each other that so often goes along with the pain.

Full Review… | September 18, 2009
Los Angeles Times
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Essentially indescribable, You, the Living offers little help to anyone trying to get a handle on it in terms of a traditional narrative. But it can be quite funny if you're susceptible to Andersson's curious way of capturing the human comedy.

Full Review… | September 10, 2009
Seattle Times
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"Keaton-esque" hardly begins to describe this brutally deadpan comedy by Swedish director Roy Andersson (Songs From the Second Floor), who seems to have translated the entire range of human misery into a loosely connected series of slapstick gags.

Full Review… | August 20, 2009
Chicago Reader
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The result is in some ways a comedy with a twist of the knife, and in other ways, a film like nobody else has ever made -- except for its director, Roy Andersson of Sweden. Andersson's You, the Living is hypnotic.

Full Review… | August 20, 2009
Chicago Sun-Times
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You, The Living, if only by virtue of a more intimate scale than Songs, benefits from a lightness of touch and even a thin sliver of optimism in some sequences.

Full Review… | July 30, 2009
AV Club
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The actors' skin is zombie-palled with plastery powder, like a fallout of some unknown catastrophe -- and the film is aptly bookended by apocalypse, a dream-premonition that's called back as a punchline.

Full Review… | July 30, 2009
Village Voice
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Audience Reviews for Du Levande (You, The Living)

You, the Living is an absurdist drama complete with musical numbers, a hilariously muffed tablecloth trick, and Beckett-like repetition. It's slow and often difficult to comprehend, but in the end, I found it relatively interesting and engaging. I think my two favorite moments are the failed tablecloth trick and the fact that during an execution, the audience is eating popcorn. One is just slapstick comedy, but the other is a good point about our voyeuristic fascination with violence and suffering.
What this film amounts to is difficult to assess, but I think the general point is a lamentation about the impossibility of understanding other people. It is impossible to ever get inside someone else's consciousness, and this, the film implies, is the stem of human beings' remarkable cruelty and indifference. But at the same time, the desire to know others leads us to our triumphs.
Overall, You, the Living is an interesting film for those who like absurdism, but it's too slow and veiled for many other audiences.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

Artistically creative but most of this didn't engage me and the washed out colour scheme and funereal pace drain the life out of it.

Gordon A

Super Reviewer

A series of short absurdist skits and dreams within dreams set in a Stockholm neighborhood, exploring the hideous mundanity and isolation of modern life. Very little actually happens and the humor is extremely dry, but it's not quite boring; neither is it as profound and revelatory as some critics are claiming. It's an interesting and largely successful evocation of the absurdity of modern life.

Greg S

Super Reviewer

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