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21 September 2007 (Sweden) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
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
Håkan Angser ... The psychiatrist
Olle Olson ... Consultant (as Ollie Olson)
Kemal Sener ... The barber
Bengt C.W. Carlsson ... CEO (as Bengt C W Carlsson)
Eugen Albrecht
Holger Andersson
Björn Andreasson
Hans Arktoft
George Besara
Lars-Erik Birkehorn
Fredrik Björklund
Conny Block
Lars Blom
Johan Bonde Ferm
Giovanna Bragazzi
Anne Bremberg
Niklas Brunbäck
Jonny Eriksson
Rune Falk
Roger Fogelberg
Eric Frieberg
Gustaf Grönblad
Moniqa Hallberg
Birgitta Hedberg
Barbro Herin
Stigh Holm
Tommy Johansson
Per Jörnelius
Sonja Källström
Elisabeth Larson
Richard Leissner
Karl-Axel Lenndin
Michal Moszkowicz
Anna Nilsson
Magnus Norrman
Henry Nyberg
Lars Ohlson
Gunilla Rosén
Linda von Rosen
Sven Segelson
Lennart Sigwat
Ola Stensson
Anna Stolpe
Margaretha Strindemark
Kjell Svantes
Tapani Turkka
Hans Wallinder

Nils Westblom
Gad Åkerhielm
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fred Anderson ... Guest at banquet (uncredited)
Caterina Dalin ... Philisophy guest (uncredited)
Kerstin Green ... Tram passenger (uncredited)

Directed by
Roy Andersson 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Roy Andersson 

Produced by
Philippe Bober .... co-producer
Pernilla Sandström .... producer
Tom Winther .... co-executive producer
Håkon Øverås .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Benny Andersson 
 
Cinematography by
Gustav Danielsson 
 
Film Editing by
Anna Märta Waern 
 
Production Design by
Magnus Renfors 
Elin Segerstedt 
 
Art Department
Magne Pettersen .... carpenter
Miika Soini .... carpenter
 
Sound Department
Jan Alvemark .... sound
Felix Aneer .... sound
Günther Friedhoff .... sound
Robert Hefter .... sound recordist
Robert Sörling .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Christian Niklasson .... rain
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Fredrik Borg .... first assistant camera
Christian Haag .... first assistant camera
 
Casting Department
Magne Pettersen .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sofia Frykstam .... costumer
 
Music Department
Johan Ahlin .... music arranger
Felix Aneer .... musician
Robert Hefter .... music editor
Robert Hefter .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Lena Hansson .... film consultant: Swedish Film Institute (as Lena Hansson-Varhegyi)
Alexander Wadouh .... production assistant
 

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Also Known As:
"Du levande" - Sweden (original title)
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95 min
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This vignette also marks the only cut in the film as it shifts from inside the couple's kitchen to outside.See more »
Quotes:
Anna:Forgive those who only think of themselves. Forgive those who are greedy and cheap. And those who deceive and cheat or grow rich by paying miserable wages. Dear lord, forgive them. Forgive them. And Lord, forgive those who humiliate and desecrate. Forgive those who torture and kill...
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29 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
...and smash us all to bits!, 31 March 2008
Author: oOgiandujaOo from United Kingdom

I really didn't see this one coming. Roy Andersson had me pegged out, I am the perfect sucker for a static camera (long live King Borowczyk!) and I was laughing hysterically for the first fifteen minutes of the film, he hit me straight between the eyes. You have to be a brilliant man to make self-pity hilarious. Andersson reminds me of the third mate on the Pequod in Moby Dick, Flask, a man who took the whole of life to be a practical joke that the good lord Himself is playing on us. And the web of egotism in this movie is truly hilarious.

The level of satire is at fever pitch, you have one deluded self-pitying dreamer harp on about the cruelty of the world and then totally ignore a spiritual self-reflection crying out in agony. The very depths of egotism are plumbed. I really never thought it possible to go further than Bergman's "The Silence" in this respect. However the grotesqueness of the self-love and self-regard, by every single character in this film, is staggering. We are shown an existence where the talentless and the idle rail against a world they believe has been unjust towards them, they truly are legends in their own living rooms. The human beings in this film make self-deception and self-delusion a great artform!

Only one woman in the film appears to have any sort of understanding of what is going on. An old woman who refuses to leave a chapel, knelt down praying for the forgiveness of all mankind, her speech is the most electrifying condemnation of the modern world I have ever heard. She reveals through her prayers that what is wrong with the world is not to be fixed by mere tinkering, there are not a just a few faults, there is an abyss of corruption that can only be mended by immolation, and judgement day. Watching this movie puts me in the mind of a naked monk, stood waist deep in a cold river at midnight screaming out a thousand Kyrie eleisons for the sins of humanity. Another grand jape is that it is clear that her prayers are futile, and in fact she is stopping everyone going home at closing time.

This is not a film for the smug, no-one is spared, no idols are left on the altar, no one group of humans is harangued to the glory of another group. Never has there been a greater more transcendent more astonishingly beautiful summation of our sins. It is a film for the end of the world, it is the grand jest, the great hideous practical joke of human life!

From the catalogue of images it is too difficult to pick a favourite, I slapped my thigh and almost fell off my chair in the cinema, screaming with laughter as a man attempted to pull the tablecloth from under a set service. I won't spoil what happens, but the suspense builds up, and something truly unexpected occurs. It is probably the funniest thing I have ever seen in a cinema. I am quite reserved and I just couldn't control myself: that is the measure of the greatness of this film.

The shooting of "You, the Living" is impeccably formalist. We are shown the palette of an artist, dingy browns, yellows, greys, and sky blues set alive by the shock of luminous brass textures. There is never a tone out of place, it's like an hour and a half of symphonic Whistlerian colour-meld. The obsession that must have gone into putting that colour scheme in place is extraordinary. And no shot is wasted, as with all great movies, there is not a spare inch of celluloid.

Perhaps the best film I've ever seen.

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