You, the Living

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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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In the Swedish city of Lethe, people from different walks of life take part in a series of short, deadpan vignettes that rush past. Some are just seconds long, none longer than a couple of minutes. A young woman (Jessica Lundberg) remembers a fantasy honeymoon with a rock guitarist. A man awakes from a dream about bomber planes. A businessman boasts about success while being robbed by a pickpocket and so on. The absurdist collection is accompanied by Dixieland jazz and similar music.

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Bjorn Englund
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Håkan Angser
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Pernilla Sandstrom
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Gustav Danielsson
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Critic Reviews for Du Levande (You, The Living)

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (41) | Rotten (1)

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    November 17, 2011 | Rating: 1/5
  • 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 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 3/4
  • "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…
  • 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 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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Audience Reviews for Du Levande (You, The Living)

  • Jun 24, 2013
    Sure it is absurd but in a way that makes you smile and enjoy it nonetheless.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 09, 2011
    <i>You, the Living</i> 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, <i>You, the Living</i> is an interesting film for those who like absurdism, but it's too slow and veiled for many other audiences.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Nov 14, 2010
    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
  • May 19, 2010
    I found it more entertaining and amusing than Roy Anderssons SONGS FROM THE SECOND FLOOR, but otherwise much the same.... deadpan people obliviously stuck in their lives like goldfish circuiting a bowl.
    Lesley N Super Reviewer

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