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You, the Living
In the Swedish city of Lethe, people from different walks of life take part in a series of short, deadpan vignettes that rush past. Some are just seconds long, none longer than a couple of minutes. A young woman (Jessica Lundberg) remembers a fantasy honeymoon with a rock guitarist. A man awakes from a dream about bomber planes. A businessman boasts about success while being robbed by a pickpocket and so on. The absurdist collection is accompanied by Dixieland jazz and similar music.
Film #7 of Gustav's Recommendations
”Tommorow is another day.”
Well, I have a confession to make. I did something horrible (from a cinephilic point of view of course) while watching Roy Andersson’s 2000 film, Songs From the Second Floor: I was so bored, upset, angry and confused that I used fast forward button and skipped the final 15 minutes of the film. That explains how I felt about that “film”. So I was both hopeful and nervous approaching this, I had a feeling that things will be going to be as dire as Songs and at the same time I was hoping that this time around I may be able to understand what really goes on in Mr. Anderson’s mind.…
The biggest issue I had with You, the Living was that it wasn't, I repeat, it wasn't Leon.
"But they're completely different films!" I hear you cry. Bullshit. That's no excuse for this to not be that film. Every film should be Leon or else I'm going to hate it from now on. Heck, if every film isn't Leon from now on, I'm going to bomb anyone who isn't watching Leon because I'm charge of Hollywood now.
Okay. Fine. It's not Leon but either way I can't say I liked it an awful lot. I mean, I enjoyed it from time to time. It was absurd, and surreal and was meaningful, but I just don't think this style is for…
A black-comic version of THE WHITE RIBBON, depicting, with deadpan hilarity, the self-absorption and myopia that can leave a population blind to the rise of fascism, and plant the seed of it in the first place. Exquisitely composed so that its austerity nonetheless places visual gigs in multiple distance planes in nearly every shot. Not as obvious as in SONGS FROM THE SECOND FLOOR, which occasionally cribbed right out of PLAYTIME, but Andersson seems, directorially at least, Tati's heir.
ONE OF THE FUNNIEST FILMS I HAVE EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE!!! I WAS ROLLING ON THE GROUND IN LAUGHTER! IT WAS HOWLARIOUS MY STOMACH HURT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Imagine if you put Tati,Kaurismaki and Bunuel in a blender the resultant concoction would be this delightful cocktail!! I applaud Andersson for his vivid imagination...it captures life in all its ups and downs! Highly original,marvelous acting and brilliant direction makes this one of the years very best!
P.S - The Guitar solo number ,the dinner table scene and the Barber Shop sequence were my personal favorites :-)
Gustav Roman told me to watch this. A LOOOONNNNGGG time ago. Now I can say I finally got to it. It was on Film4 so I taped it and watched it this morning.
You, the Living is an incredibly surreal film, packed of fifty or so vignettes, each commenting on the human condition. How we long to be loved, to fly above our weight. It doesn't offer an opinion on it, but merely a window to peer in, allowing you to assume your own stance on humanity. Is it pathetic, the fact we simply continue with our lives every day despite setbacks, never reaching our goal? Is it an undying ambition inside every one of us? Or is it just…
While Andersson’s Songs From The Second Floor focused on a society on the brink of becoming emotionless zombies, You, The Living seven years later acknowledges that we have finally gotten to that point. A series of 50 vignettes about the absurdity of life. Some ironic, some blackly comic and some just sad. Andersson seems to view the way most humans accept the dullness of life as ridiculous. He focuses on this with absurd scenes that highlight the strange rules we’ve given ourselves. Like when a man is given the death penalty for breaking some expensive china (the judges drink beer and the audience eats popcorn as he’s led to his death.) A man bemoans the fact that he’s about to…
Perhaps not *as* deep or intense as the preceding 'Songs from the second floor', the wonderfully absurd style of Roy Andersson is still a massive joy to behold.
Featuring: The Sousaphone! A -not quite ten feet long- rollaway rug! The greatest tablecloth pull away magic performance of all time! A 200-year-old dish! Er, sorry -- an *over* 200-year-old dish! A last call at the bar! And the coolest barber in the city!
The bleakness of life never felt so damn good... gotta love this. Really looking forward to the final film in this trilogy.
Roy Andersson once again making Sweden look like a horrible place to live.
Unfortunately, the pieces of this film never truly came together for me. Individual vignettes are amusing, and Andersson knows how to craft a beautiful frame. But, much like with A Pigeon Sat on a Branch I never felt the threads or themes tied together. Instead I was locked in to long look at the bleak, torturous lives of the films subjects.
There just weren't enough gaps in the grey clouds to keep me from despairing.
Roy Andersson is nothing if not painfully original and committed to his schtick.
Not as strong as Songs or Pigeon, but still leagues ahead of most people making movies today.
A collection of absurdist vignettes of everyday people, "You the Living" is the middle film in a trilogy by Roy Andersson ("Songs from the Second Floor," "A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence"). Together they form a unique and unforgettable group of films that are difficult to categorize... they are passionate and humorous, tragic and cynical, surreal and irreverent, deadpan and austere. Visually, the film's style is instantly recognizable and completely captivating, (regardless of how you might feel about the subject matter) ... smooth, flawless lighting and meticulous compositions combine with superbly-detailed set designs and carefully-controlled color palettes to produce what might be described as living paintings. Andersson has to be one of the most eccentric and idiosyncratic directors working today, I can't wait to see what he comes up with next.
SUBLIME DREAM SEQUENCES
One of those films where I came out feeling like I missed something, like why do people like this film? Reading a couple of reviews, it turns out, I did get it, I just didn't find it funny. At all. Obviously not a laugh out loud comedy, but I feel like it's a stretch even calling it a comedy. People doing absurd things while saying things unrelated but also absurd? HILARIOUS. Oh man, that judge isn't supposed to be drinking a beer in court! What humor! I kind of enjoy the dream aspect of it all and the cinematography is very nice, but everything else just falls flat on its face. A star for those two things and a half star for each joke I actually thought was funny. And that's being generous.
I was not in the right mood to fully enjoy this slow, deadpan film, but I was amused overall. Basically, no matter how disappointing life is at this moment, we will forget (Leche) about whatever's bothering us. "The sun will rise tomorrow." Sets are blocked beautifully; this is one of those films in which nearly every still could be framed on a wall.
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