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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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10 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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An intimate insight into what makes us all human See more (57 total) »

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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Runtime:
95 min
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For the vignette where the workman attempts to remove a tablecloth from a heavily laden table, the china nearest the camera was real whilst the crockery nearest the actor was plastic for safety reasons.See more »
Quotes:
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...
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45 out of 53 people found the following review useful.
An intimate insight into what makes us all human, 6 October 2007
Author: carinaroo from Melbourne, Australia

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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