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You, the Living (2007)

Du levande (original title)
Unrated | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 21 September 2007 (Sweden)
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
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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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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

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$21,438 (USA) (7 August 2009)
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The vignette of Anna's dream of her marriage to rock star Micke Larsson, marks the only mid-scene cut in the film as it shifts from inside the couple's kitchen to outside. See more »

Quotes

Mia: I'm a miserable wench, on an ugly bench!
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Creole Song
Written by Kid Ory (as Edward Ory)
Performed by Papa Bue's Viking Jazz Band
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Life as we don't know it
13 June 2008 | by (London) – See all my reviews

I laughed out loud several times during this film though give it a cursory glance and you would think it was something else altogether. I adore the pace and the way it slowly burns into you as you are presented these gobsmackingly beautiful tableaux. Andersson gives us something else here. Shows us something I had not seen since his last film. He is compositionally exceptional and via his method of fixing the camera and allowing action to take place before us, he opens the door on humanity and we peer into a place that reflects our own lives, our little lives. It is powerful stuff. It is the simplicity with which he allows the events to take place that creates the opposite feeling of complexity. Everything in front of the camera is anything but simple. Andersson's attention to detail is extraordinary. I believe most scenes, if not all, are sets built from scratch according to his designs. I cannot recommend this film highly enough. For me it took me to a place and I came out of it having witnessed a world frayed and beautiful, starched and pained, barren and splendid. At once alien and familiar. This film is brilliant and life affirming. I know because I came out smiling feeling wonderful. It has taken him seven years to make this. If he only made this one film he would still be up there with the greats.


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