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You, the Living (2007)
"Du levande" (original title)

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You, the Living is a film about humankind, its greatness and its baseness, joy and sorrow, its self-confidence and anxiety, its desire to love and be loved.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elisabeth Helander ...
Mia (as Elisabet Helander)
Jörgen Nohall ...
Uffe (as Jugge Nohall)
Jan Wikbladh ...
The fan (as Jan Wikblad)
Björn Englund ...
Tubaplayer
Birgitta Persson ...
Tubaspelarens fru
Lennart Eriksson ...
Man on the balcony
Jessika Lundberg ...
Anna
Eric Bäckman ...
Micke Larsson
Rolf Engström ...
Trumslagaren
Jessica Nilsson ...
The teacher
Pär Fredriksson ...
The carpet dealer
Leif Larsson ...
Carpenter
Patrik Anders Edgren ...
Professor (as Patrik Edgren)
Gunnar Ivarsson ...
The businessman
Waldemar Nowak ...
The pick-pocket
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A series of scenes that focus specially on a single idea, emotion or act us. In the absence of interfering qualities this film is able to take one factoring influence and amplify it to absurd and hilarious proportions. Each scene gives us an uninterrupted view at some of the more unglamorous characteristics that in the end determine who we are, both as individuals and as a thread in the patchwork of the collective human unconscious. Written by kwedgwood@hotmail.com

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21 September 2007 (Sweden)  »

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$6,924 (USA) (31 July 2009)

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$21,438 (USA) (7 August 2009)
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For the vignette set in a hairdressers, the actor getting his hair cut had to have all his hair shaved off initially and then glued back on. See more »

Quotes

The psychiatrist: Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear.
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The psychiatrist: I am a psychiatrist. I have been for 27 years. I'm completely worn out. Year after year, listening to patients who aren't satisfied with their lives, who want to have fun, who want me to help them with that - it wears you out, I can tell you. My life isn't exactly a lot of fun either. People demand so much. That's the conclusion I've drawn after all these years. They demand to be happy, at the same time as they are ...
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Creole Song
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Performed by Papa Bue's Viking Jazz Band
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Perfect Cinema; an amateurs review.
25 May 2007 | by (Lyon, France) – See all my reviews

A short review without any spoilers follows.

I saw this movie yesterday at the Cannes Film Festival. My initial reaction is one of wonder and happiness. I'm so happy films like this are being made in our age of blockbusters.

Roy Andersson's new movie "You, The Living" is nothing less than a complete masterpiece. You, The Living is composed by some 50 vignettes filmed with a static camera. I will not give away the content of the scenes here, because I hate when people spoil even the smallest details. But, yes, most of the scenes made the 1000 people in the Claude Debussy theatre absolutely baffled and amazed. When the film was over we applauded for several minutes, we had no other choice.

So what's the score with "You, The Living". Hm, Andersson isn't afraid to take on the heavy questions; History, guilt, gand The Holocaust during WW2 are big subjects (and these themes work very well together).

The images created are brilliant, the depth sometimes surpasses "Songs from the Second Floor".

Well, sorry for this ranting, praising review. Look out for the Flying House in the beginning folks!

10/10 stars - A Masterpiece (I never throw this grade out).


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