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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
Jessika Lundberg ...
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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Comedy | Drama | Music

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

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$21,438 (USA) (7 August 2009)
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The psychiatrist: Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear.
[examines the large stack of patient's files]
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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Konvaljens avskod
Written by Otto Lindvall, arranged by Jan Johansson
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An intimate insight into what makes us all human
6 October 2007 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

There is no plot. There are no central characters. There are no moving cameras or close-ups. In fact, this film does not follow any of the conventional storytelling techniques used by mainstream film. However, Roy Andersson's Du Levande is a remarkable piece of cinematic storytelling. It is a touching look at the human psyche.

Comprised of a series of vignettes, Roy Andersson gives us an intimate insight into what makes us all human. In perfectly framed static shots, added with the perfectly in tune, yet quirky, music, Roy introduces us to a host of characters as they undertake their daily existence. Some bordering on tragic, others hilarious, we are taken on a Nordic journey like no other.

It is a journey into the little things that make us human. Instead of over-the-top storytelling or visual techniques, everything is stripped down to the bare minimum so that our sole focus is on the characters themselves. It focuses on the insignificant points of our lives that make us who we are; our dreams, our desperation. It's through this simple observation of others that we can accept who we are as individuals.

The washed out colours and deathly-pale makeup of the characters only seems to emphasize their individual stories and remind us that unlike them, we are all alive. There is no happy ending or light at the end of the tunnel in this film, yet you walk out of the cinema with a sense of life. Much more accessible than his earlier film, Songs from the Second Floor, Du Levande, is a truly inspiring piece of cinema.


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