Movies that are slightly off.
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.
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…
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 :-)
Roy Andersson is some kind of insane genius. This was my first experience of his style and it has totally blown me away.
His carefully constructed mise-en-scene makes every single shot a work of art as he points his camera at the absurdity of the realities of modern life. So many times I found myself laughing hysterically at what ordinarily might be considered horribly sad events and I think that is the true genius behind this film.
Andersson's humour and insight will certainly further reward repeat viewings, something I intend to do myself in the very near future.
Mostly similar, but also some significant distinctions from Songs From the Second Floor. Full review here.
After having seen A Pigeon Sat on a Branch..., this is an interesting place for that movie to evolve from. Like 2015's Pigeon, this film is one that is about a lot of the same themes and contains the similar style. It is a film of controlled, usually static vignettes that are lovely connected via motifs of music and style. There is commentary here about cruelty and war, given the German WWI helmet, the Nazi imagery, and the finale of the planes.
The best set piece here is of the woman's dream where she married a rock star and their apartment moved on train tracks. The only goodness in the world is found in our dreams, and what we try…
It took me about twenty minutes to tune into the special frequency that this movie is broadcasting on, only to realize that Sweden is full of heavy-set middle-aged men, balding and / or with a combover who have a real passion for ompa music. On the weirdness scale from 0 to 10 this one goes to 11. But in a good way.
Though the scenes are well linked together, and the film well shot, it lacks in surprises.
Basically, the film shows a series of scenes, and portraits that feeds on awkwardness, uglyness and quirkyness to form a caricatural representation of life and the living.
But this representation suffers from its caricatural elements (the characters, the photography, the make up, the wardrobe, the exaggerated perspective, long shots etc), and would have had more effect in a more grounded setting, in my opinion.
And I would go as far as saying that the comedy felt a bit uninspired.
I had the feeling that I knew this film already, while watching it.
It felt like a failed attempt to capture the essence of a Tati film or a New Yorker cartoon.
Its a hit and miss, for me.
You, the Living é o segundo capítulo da trilogia de Roy Andersson, sua epopeia milimetricamente arquitetada para nos mostrar a miséria da existência humana. Todos os três capítulos são coesos em forma em conteúdo, mas possuem suas especificidades. Aqui, Andersson parece explorar com mais afinco o egoímo e interesse próprio do ser humano, e sua incapacidade de expressar alteridade. Romances mal resolvidos, julgamentos cruéis ou simples atos de ignorância trespassam todas as fábulas de You, the Living. Um grupo de juízes toma uma caneca de cerveja enquanto sentenciam um réu à cadeira elétrica. Uma jovem apaixonada por um projeto de rockstar é continuamente ignorada. Em seus sonhos (e aqui há novamente inovação, com algumas das melhores cenas do longa se…
havent the faintest idea what this was about
An interesting, surreal film that often reads as an homage to antiquated film making techniques. Lots of stationary cameras, ghoulish make-up, and exquisitely crafted forced perspective shots give this film its unique feel. The absurdist thematics cause the film to have a tragicomic tone that is often a delight.
A joyous celebration of all the living idiots! And yes, that includes all of us! It's not particularly easy to find a connection to each of Roy Andersson's odd surrealist scenarios, but it does not change the fact that this is a masterful glimpse into human miseries. Stepping away from the film a few days later the connections start to form into one unifying idea: It's very easy to be miserable, but it can actually be a whole lot easier to simply enjoy the small moments of absolute joy life offers. This darkly comic film seems to be warning us to enjoy it all before it is too late.
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