Du Levande (You, The Living)
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Filmmaker Roy Andersson draws the viewer into the world of a woman whose most uplifting moments are always balanced by tragedy, and whose joy is constantly offset by sorrow. In laughing along at the good times and shedding a tear at the bad, the comic tragedy of life manifests itself in a manner that all can surely relate to.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"You, the Living suggests that we would do well to discover the joy we find in each other that so often goes along with the pain."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"The result is in some ways a comedy with a twist of the knife, and in other ways, a film like nobody else has ever made -- except for its director, Roy Andersson of Sweden. Andersson's You, the Living is hypnotic."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"[The DVD] is an articulate compilation of extras and the insight given in the making-of featurette is startling in showing the filmmakers' genius in tricking the eye to get the proper visual effects."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"The lack of narrative cohesion eventually starts to wear, but the episodes and images are memorable."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"Andersson's tableaus of the everyday are full of feeling, especially from the women (probably after a drink or two)."
‑ Kent Turner, Film-Forward.com
"Essentially indescribable, You, the Living offers little help to anyone trying to get a handle on it in terms of a traditional narrative. But it can be quite funny if you're susceptible to Andersson's curious way of capturing the human comedy."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"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."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"How can a film about such a bunch of depressives leave one feeling so good?"
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Surreal and absurd, yet oddly captivating and filled with a dry, sardonic sense of humor, stunning visuals along with provocative critiques of modern society."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"Andersson is, at heart, an expert absurdist; to him, there is meaning in the meaningless and salvation in the ridiculous"
‑ Chris Cabin, Filmcritic.com
""Keaton-esque" hardly begins to describe this brutally deadpan comedy by Swedish director Roy Andersson (Songs From the Second Floor), who seems to have translated the entire range of human misery into a loosely connected series of slapstick gags."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"The actors' skin is zombie-palled with plastery powder, like a fallout of some unknown catastrophe -- and the film is aptly bookended by apocalypse, a dream-premonition that's called back as a punchline."
‑ Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice
"a surreal still life that provokes the audience to find the absurdity rather than the tragedy"
‑ Andrea Chase, Killer Movie Reviews
"More laughs -- belly-deep, thought-provoking ones -- are to be had in the first 10 minutes of Roy Andersson's You, the Living than in all of Judd Apatow's Funny People."
‑ Armond White, New York Press
"Dreams figure prominently in You, the Living, which posits reveries as articulations of--or refuges from--deep-seated fears."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
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