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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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Another cautionary tale in Andersson's unmistakable style 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)
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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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Du levande" - Sweden (original title)
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Runtime:
Argentina:95 min | Canada:95 min (Toronto International Film Festival) | USA:95 min
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Every scene in the movie except one is shot in studio.See more »
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Mia:I'm a miserable wench, on an ugly bench!See more »
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Konvaljens avskodSee more »

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33 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
Another cautionary tale in Andersson's unmistakable style, 30 September 2007
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

"With all the misery in the world, how can we not get drunk?" – Mia

A lovely aerial view of a major city turns ominous with the approach of a fleet of airplane bombers; an irate hairdresser reacting to a perceived racial slur cuts a road through a businessman's bushy hair; a man dreams of being dragged to an electric chair after a failed magic trick and a teacher breaks down in front of her grade school class because her husband called her a hag. These and about fifty other vignettes that run the gamut from the outright depressing to the wildly humorous to the joyously uplifting populate Roy Andersson's You, the Living, his first feature since his critically acclaimed if commercially unsuccessful Songs From the Second Floor.

You, the Living is filled with the same kind of imaginative set-pieces as Songs, replete with black humor, surreal situations, and strange looking characters. Though a bit overlong and less focused than his earlier work, what remains constant is Andersson's unmistakable style with its stationary camera, sterile-looking backgrounds, and precise attention to detail. If there is a theme that ties the sketches together, it is that our time on Earth is limited and "tomorrow's another day', so let's treat each other with kindness. Along the way, we are entertained by tuba and drum music from the Louisiana Brass Band, dinner guests at a banquet hall standing on their chairs singing a rousing song, and a house that turns into a moving train.

The emotions range from the gloom of a daughter attempting to communicate with an Alzheimer's patient to a young woman's ecstatic dream about marrying a handsome guitar-player named Micke to the cheers of a crowd of onlookers. While there is no continuous narrative thread, the theme of greed and desperation appears in several sketches. The first of these threads features two corpulent individuals and their tiny dog sitting on a park bench, the woman bewailing the fact that no one understands or loves her, yet she blithely ignores the man's comforting and reassuring words.

There is also a hefty admixture of irony. During what seems to be an executive luncheon, one man tells another on the phone that workers don't appreciate quality and how nice it is to appreciate money and the things that it can buy such as fine wine. When he is not looking, however, a man at an adjacent table calmly lifts his wallet from his jacket on the back of his chair. Though Andersson's cynicism is at times not very well hidden, You the Living has an underlying humanism that shows compassion for the human condition. It is a cautionary tale that looks at the mess we humans have gotten ourselves into but suggests there is still time to turn it around, if we heed the warning of the poet Goethe that opens the film, "Be pleased then, you the living, in your delightfully warmed bed, before Lethe's ice-cold wave will lick your escaping foot."

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