You, the Living

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You, the Living (Swedish: Du levande) is a 2007 Swedish film written and directed by Roy Andersson. The film is an exploration on the "grandeur of existence," centered on the lives of a group of individuals, such as an overweight woman, a disgruntled... read more

You, the Living (Swedish: Du levande) is a 2007 Swedish film written and directed by Roy Andersson. The film is an exploration on the "grandeur of existence," centered on the lives of a group of individuals, such as an overweight woman, a disgruntled psychiatrist, a heartbroken groupie, a carpenter, a business consultant, and a school teacher with emotional issues and her rug-selling husband. The basis for the film is an Old Norse proverb, "Man is man's delight," taken from the Poetic Edda poem Hávamál. The title comes from a stanza in Goethe's Roman Elegies, which also appears as a title card in the beginning of the film: "Therefore rejoice, you, the living, in your lovely warm bed, until Lethe's cold wave wets your fleeing foot." The film consists of a fluent succession of fifty short sketches, most with a tragicomic undertone. The cast is mostly non-professional, and alienating techniques are employed such as presenting the characters in grim make-up and having them talk directly to camera. The financing was difficult and the shooting took three years to complete. The film won the Silver Hugo Award for Best Direction at the 2007 Chicago International Film Festival and has received critical acclaim. It is the second film in a trilogy, preceded by Songs from the Second Floor (2000) and followed by A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2014).

Original Release

09/21/2007

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Cast

Håkan Angser The psychiatrist
Eric Bäckman Micke Larsson
Patrik Anders Edgren Professor (as Patrik Edgren)
Björn Englund Tubaplayer
Lennart Eriksson Man on the balcony
Pär Fredriksson The carpet dealer
Elisabeth Helander Mia (as Elisabet Helander)
Gunnar Ivarsson The businessman
Leif Larsson Carpenter
Jessika Lundberg Anna
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Roy Andersson

Writers

Roy Andersson

Cast

Håkan Angser The psychiatrist
Eric Bäckman Micke Larsson
Patrik Anders Edgren Professor (as Patrik Edgren)
Björn Englund Tubaplayer
Lennart Eriksson Man on the balcony
Pär Fredriksson The carpet dealer
Elisabeth Helander Mia (as Elisabet Helander)
Gunnar Ivarsson The businessman
Leif Larsson Carpenter
Jessika Lundberg Anna
Jessica Nilsson The teacher
Jörgen Nohall Uffe (as Jugge Nohall)
Waldemar Nowak The pick-pocket
Olle Olson Consultant (as Ollie Olson)
Kemal Sener The barber
Jan Wikbladh The fan (as Jan Wikblad)
Göran Holm Extra (uncredited)
Bengt C.W. Carlsson CEO
Holger Andersson
Nils Westblom

Producers

Editors

Anna Märta Waern

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