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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:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This consists of 50 short sketches, each scene filmed in one take. 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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Connections

Follows Songs from the Second Floor (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Creole Song
Written by Kid Ory (as Edward Ory)
Performed by Papa Bue's Viking Jazz Band
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Perfect Cinema; an amateurs review.
25 May 2007 | by Cris_KelvinSee all my reviews

A short review without any spoilers follows.

I saw this movie yesterday at the Cannes Film Festival. My initial reaction is one of wonder and happiness. I'm so happy films like this are being made in our age of blockbusters.

Roy Andersson's new movie "You, The Living" is nothing less than a complete masterpiece. You, The Living is composed by some 50 vignettes filmed with a static camera. I will not give away the content of the scenes here, because I hate when people spoil even the smallest details. But, yes, most of the scenes made the 1000 people in the Claude Debussy theatre absolutely baffled and amazed. When the film was over we applauded for several minutes, we had no other choice.

So what's the score with "You, The Living". Hm, Andersson isn't afraid to take on the heavy questions; History, guilt, gand The Holocaust during WW2 are big subjects (and these themes work very well together).

The images created are brilliant, the depth sometimes surpasses "Songs from the Second Floor".

Well, sorry for this ranting, praising review. Look out for the Flying House in the beginning folks!

10/10 stars - A Masterpiece (I never throw this grade out).


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Language:

Swedish

Release Date:

21 September 2007 (Sweden) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,924, 2 August 2009

Gross USA:

$21,438

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,843,810
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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