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You, the Living (2007)

Du levande (original title)
Not Rated | | 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.

Director:

Roy Andersson

Writer:

Roy Andersson

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elisabeth Helander Elisabeth Helander ... Mia (as Elisabet Helander)
Jörgen Nohall Jörgen Nohall ... Uffe (as Jugge Nohall)
Jan Wikbladh Jan Wikbladh ... The fan (as Jan Wikblad)
Björn Englund Björn Englund ... Tubaplayer
Birgitta Persson Birgitta Persson ... Tubaspelarens fru
Lennart Eriksson Lennart Eriksson ... Man on the balcony
Jessika Lundberg Jessika Lundberg ... Anna
Eric Bäckman Eric Bäckman ... Micke Larsson
Rolf Engström Rolf Engström ... Trumslagaren
Jessica Nilsson Jessica Nilsson ... The teacher
Pär Fredriksson Pär Fredriksson ... The carpet dealer
Leif Larsson Leif Larsson ... Carpenter
Patrik Anders Edgren Patrik Anders Edgren ... Professor (as Patrik Edgren)
Gunnar Ivarsson Gunnar Ivarsson ... The businessman
Waldemar Nowak Waldemar Nowak ... The pick-pocket
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music

Certificate:

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Language:

Swedish

Release Date:

21 September 2007 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,924, 2 August 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$21,438, 9 August 2009
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Shooting started in 2003 and had to be closed down twice due to need of more funding. See more »

Quotes

Mia: Serving non-alcoholic beer with food that smells so good. It's torture!
Uffe's mother.: I only want what's best for you.
Mia: Best! Is this what's best for me? Enduring this damned existance... with all the shit and deceit and wickedness and staying sober? How can you expect or even want a single poor bugger to put up with it without being drunk? It's inhuman. Only a sadist would demand that.
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Soundtracks

She's no trouble
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Performed by Papa Bue's Viking Jazz Band
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There's an endless fascination about where the film wants to take us
6 April 2008 | by movedoutSee all my reviews

The large bell in a bar intermittently rings for last orders and the inevitable rush to queue forms at the counter – do we want what we need only when it's too late? Or is the irony of the opening scene's wailing Cassandra a more resonant reflection of our perceptions on individual existence? There's an endless fascination about where writer-director Roy Andersson wants to take us in his fourth feature, "You, The Living". With fifty or so semi-related vignettes strung together by a penchant for tragicomic hyper-reality, its wistful interpretations and symbolic instances of life that bind us all in this great big cosmic Sisyphean struggle. The sheer simplicity of these vignettes act to dramatise the tenuity and immense preciousness of being apart of the symbiotic relationships we have with one another. Andersson might whittle down the complexity of the human condition through harsh and fast cynicism more than he should, but he also reminds us of the inherent, reassuring glory of waking up each morning to a new tomorrow when we're all aware of our own distinct forms of arrested development.


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