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You, the Living(Du levande)

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Sweden, Germany, France

2007

1h 35m

Director Roy Andersson

Starring Håkan Angser, Eric Bäckman, Patrik Anders Edgren, Björn Englund

Genre Drama, Comedy, Music

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A collection of absurdist — and often ironic — vignettes accompanied by jazz music, all taking place in the city of Lethe, Sweden. These individual vignettes work together to form an artistic portrayal of both the bright and dark sides of human nature.

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70

L.A. Weekly by

Andersson particularly delights in left-outs: the guy who can’t squeeze into the bus stop during a downpour; the natty little suitor getting his bouquet smashed in a slamming door. The sum total is the reflection of a worldview -- sad sack, bordering on “Everybody Hurts” black-velvet sad-clown bathos -- rather than any narrative.
100

The New York Times by A.O. Scott

The film is slow, rigorously morose and often painful in its blunt reckoning of disappointment and failure. It is also extremely funny.
60

Time Out by Keith Uhlich

The ideologies underlying Andersson’s oft-astonishing succession of extreme wide-angle, vanishing-point tableaux are a decidedly acquired taste.
88

Slant Magazine by Nick Schager

Humor and sorrow are equally immediate emotions throughout, whether in the writer-director's traditionally structured setup-punchline scenes or his strange non sequiturs
100

Chicago Sun-Times by Roger Ebert

There’s joy in watching a movie like You, the Living. It is flawless in what it does, and we have no idea what that is. It’s in sympathy with its characters. It shares their sorrow, and yet is amused that each thinks his suffering is unique.
67

The A.V. Club by Scott Tobias

You, The Living, if only by virtue of a more intimate scale than Songs, benefits from a lightness of touch and even a thin sliver of optimism in some sequences.
88

New York Post by V.A. Musetto

Andersson has a one-of-a-kind style that not all viewers will appreciate. His humor is not at all like Hollywood’s. His is leisurely and cerebral — two words never heard in La La Land.

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