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YOU, THE LIVING

Sweden / France / Germany / Denmark / Norway, 2007 (MIFF 2007, Jaguar International Panorama)

Director: Roy Andersson

YOU, THE LIVING

“You, the Living is about the human being, about her greatness and her miserableness, her joy and sorrow, her self-confidence and anxiety. A being at whom we want to laugh and also cry for. It is simply a tragic comedy or a comic tragedy about us.” - filmmaker Roy Andersson In You, the Living - a gentler companion piece to his 2000 Cannes prize-winner, Songs From the Second Floor - Roy Andersson presents a series of precisely framed long-takes rife with awkward encounters, beguiling non sequiturs and very dry Nordic humour. Marginally lighter, even sweeter in tone than Songs, its playful use of music turns You, the Living into a sort of bittersweet ode to the foibles of daily human existence, walking a fine line between derision and sympathy, pessimism and very dim hope.

D/S Roy Andersson P Philippe Bober, Pernilla Sandström WS Swedish Film Institute L Swedish w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2007/92mins

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