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Du Levande (You, The Living) (2007)

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97

Average Rating: 7.6/10
Reviews Counted: 37
Fresh: 36 | Rotten: 1

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

92

Average Rating: 7.1/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 1

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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A bride and her electric guitar-playing groom sail along in a house moving like a train; a distraught man complains of his financial woes while his wife tries to make love to him; a drunken woman shouts "No one understands me" to a bar full of silent patrons; a man waiting in line to buy a train ticket changes queues repeatedly, to no advantage. Running the gamut from quotidian struggles to big philosophical questions of love, sympathy and purpose in an uncaring world.

Jan 12, 2010

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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.

September 18, 2009 Full Review Source: 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.

September 10, 2009 Full Review Source: 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.

August 20, 2009 Full Review Source: 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.

August 20, 2009 Full Review Source: 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.

July 30, 2009 Full Review Source: 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.

July 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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[The DVD] is an articulate compilation of extras and the insight given in the making-of featurette is startling in showing the filmmakers' genius in tricking the eye to get the proper visual effects.

January 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
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How can a film about such a bunch of depressives leave one feeling so good?

January 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

a surreal still life that provokes the audience to find the absurdity rather than the tragedy

October 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews
Killer Movie Reviews

The lack of narrative cohesion eventually starts to wear, but the episodes and images are memorable.

August 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

Surreal and absurd, yet oddly captivating and filled with a dry, sardonic sense of humor, stunning visuals along with provocative critiques of modern society.

July 30, 2009 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
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More laughs -- belly-deep, thought-provoking ones -- are to be had in the first 10 minutes of Roy Andersson's You, the Living than in all of Judd Apatow's Funny People.

July 29, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Press | Comments (5)
New York Press

Andersson's tableaus of the everyday are full of feeling, especially from the women (probably after a drink or two).

July 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
Film-Forward.com

Andersson is, at heart, an expert absurdist; to him, there is meaning in the meaningless and salvation in the ridiculous

July 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Dreams figure prominently in You, the Living, which posits reveries as articulations of--or refuges from--deep-seated fears.

July 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Some of the sketches don't really work or don't blend with their cousins, but the snapshot approach means they are short.

August 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Made of 50 short, stiff scenes of human behavior, shot as dispassionately as wildlife, Andersson is either stretching the definition of cinema or returning it to its roots

June 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
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Audience Reviews for Du Levande (You, The Living)

"Be pleased then, you, the living, in your delightfully warmed bed, before Lethe's ice-cold wave will lick your escaping foot". You the living is a celebration of life, the wondrous normality and the everyday bizarre. Presented in 50 sing-shot vignettes, each short is beautifully composed and uniquely special. There is a continuous humour that runs through the film, even in the fairly serious ones but with each intertwining and complementing each other. Think Aki Kaurismäki directing a Monty Python film under the influence of an early Fellini. It has a glorious warmth ans a unique charm about it, it would be wrong and impossible to compare it to anything else. I can only recommend, highly at that.
February 28, 2014
SirPant

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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.
January 9, 2011
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Jim Hunter

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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.
November 14, 2010
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Gordon A

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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.
April 27, 2010
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