Du Levande (You, The Living)
Du Levande (You, The Living) (2007)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 24, 2007
DVD Release Date: January 12, 2010
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Composed of humorous sketches of human behavior, Roy Andersson's You, the Living is an eccentric but highly entertaining and unforgettable work.

Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-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.

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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

It's absurd theater, but not the Theater of the Absurd; Andersson isn't hearkening back to Beckett, but past Molière and even Rabelais to Aristophanes and the old Greek comic poetry.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

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.

Scott Tobias
AV Club

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.

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Josh Larsen

The anguish of existence is the common thread here.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

"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.

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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice

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.

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Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

[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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
<i>You, the Living</i> is an absurdist drama complete with musical numbers, a hilariously muffed tablecloth trick, and Beckett-like repetition.… More
Eric Broome
I've recently seen both "You, the Living" and "Songs from the Second Floor," and have concluded that Swedish director Roy Andersson is… More
Gordon Anderson
Artistically creative but most of this didn't engage me and the washed out colour scheme and funereal pace drain the life out of it.
Jeff Talbott
And now, from the Seriously-This-Is-Not-For-Everybody Department comes this strange and wonderful Swedish oddball. Comedy? Well, sure. Drama? Gee, I guess.… More
Greg S
A series of short absurdist skits and dreams within dreams set in a Stockholm neighborhood, exploring the hideous mundanity and isolation of modern life. Very… More
John Ballantine
Sure it is absurd but in a way that makes you smile and enjoy it nonetheless.