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2,483 Ratings

You, the Living

Du levande

Directed by Roy Andersson
Sweden, Germany, 2007
Comedy, Drama, Music
  • Swedish
  • English


Made up of 50 criss-crossing vignettes and populated with dozens of characters, You the Living is a unique journey through our permanently askew universe, in all its humor and heartbreak.

Our take

How to describe You the Living? An epic comedy? A whimsical anxiety dream? A jam session between Ingmar Bergman and Monty Python? Touring society top, bottom, and side to side, it’s an illuminating work of dour hilarity—and one of the most acclaimed arthouse films of the 00s.

You, the Living Directed by Roy Andersson
Strangely enough, even though none of the three films is very cheerful, Andersson’s trilogy triggered optimism in my heart and in my mind. What exactly causes that, I don’t know. But I do know that the Swedish director has created a very effective trilogy about us, the living, hearing songs from the second floor all the while we sit on a bench reflecting on existence.
September 11, 2017
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Not merely setups for one-liners, Andersson’s situations offer plenty to contemplate; even in his sparsely appointed sets, the deep, diagonal compositions are rich in amusement. But you have to pay attention.
September 28, 2015
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Though this film is set in Stockholm, it is universally germane; the fifty-plus vignettes of beautiful hysteria could have matured anywhere. Andersson uses his static camera to capture the weary, talentless and idle… The story is not in why we tell it, but how—and in the practical joke that is human existence, it seems no one except Roy Andersson is privy to the punch line.
June 10, 2015
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