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Du Levande (You, The Living) Reviews

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Top Critic
Amy Nicholson
Boxoffice Magazine
June 27, 2008
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
| Original Score: A
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 7, 2008
A cold soup mix of Buster Keaton, David Lynch, Jerry Lewis and Terry Gilliam, hawking deadpan jokes as well as chilly, disheartening mean streaks in his blocky, deep-space single takes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 17, 2008
Jacques Tati's puckish humor meets Ingmar Bergman's angst in this erratic, eccentric gem.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph (UK)
March 28, 2008
Rare and covetable genius.
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
March 28, 2008
Andersson is radically different from anyone else, with a technical, compositional rigour that puts other movie-makers and visual artists to shame.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tom Charity
Total Film
March 28, 2008
Andersson's movie reveals poetic ironies, surreal slapstick and melancholy truths, often all wrapped up together. The gloom gets a bit thick over the 92 minutes, but there are sequences here you will never forget.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Neil Smith
BBC.com
March 28, 2008
Viewers who stick with it will be rewarded by an arresting tapestry that is considerably more than the sum of its parts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Daniel
Sky Movies
March 28, 2008
The meaning of life just might be hidden here... only don't expect to find it on a first viewing.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
March 27, 2008
You won't know whether to laugh or cry.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
March 27, 2008
Recalling the work of Jacques Tati, this is a grim but amusing and ultimately successful effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Janey Springer
Little White Lies
March 27, 2008
Isn't quite the masterpiece it sets itself up as, but has lots going for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Anton Bitel
Film4
March 21, 2008
this litany of human disconnection, misery, frustration and despair... would be an almost unbearably bleak mosaic of our living deaths, were it not for Andersson's profound appreciation of Chaplin's observation that comedy is tragedy seen in long-shot.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
January 10, 2008
To complain that Andersson's skits are difficult or boring to sit through because they seem too close to the pain of daily life is to pay them some kind of a compliment.
Full Review | Original Score: 55/100
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
October 13, 2007
It's always the movies that seem the least like movies that are the truest to life.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Jonathan Romney
Screen International
May 31, 2007
One of European cinema's most distinctive stylists, and darkest humourists, returns with another tragi-comic panorama of the human condition.
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Justin Chang
Variety
May 24, 2007
A morosely comic symphony on the meaning (or is that meaninglessness?) of life, Roy Andersson's You, the Living can be seen as a gentler companion piece to his 2000 Cannes prize-winner, Songs From the Second Floor.
Boyd van Hoeij
european-films.net
May 24, 2007
Again a very successful look at the desperate mess of modern life.
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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 1/5
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