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You, the Living (2007)

Du levande (original title)
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:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Sweden | Germany | France | Denmark | Norway | Japan

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

Every scene in the movie except one is shot in studio. 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

En liten vit kanin
Music by Sven Gustafson
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Life as we don't know it
13 June 2008 | by ellkewSee all my reviews

I laughed out loud several times during this film though give it a cursory glance and you would think it was something else altogether. I adore the pace and the way it slowly burns into you as you are presented these gobsmackingly beautiful tableaux. Andersson gives us something else here. Shows us something I had not seen since his last film. He is compositionally exceptional and via his method of fixing the camera and allowing action to take place before us, he opens the door on humanity and we peer into a place that reflects our own lives, our little lives. It is powerful stuff. It is the simplicity with which he allows the events to take place that creates the opposite feeling of complexity. Everything in front of the camera is anything but simple. Andersson's attention to detail is extraordinary. I believe most scenes, if not all, are sets built from scratch according to his designs. I cannot recommend this film highly enough. For me it took me to a place and I came out of it having witnessed a world frayed and beautiful, starched and pained, barren and splendid. At once alien and familiar. This film is brilliant and life affirming. I know because I came out smiling feeling wonderful. It has taken him seven years to make this. If he only made this one film he would still be up there with the greats.


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