YOU, THE LIVING

YOU, THE LIVING

Presented in partnership with the Adelaide Film Festival

“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. “  - Roy Andersson

Prepare for the final part of Roy Andersson’s Living trilogy with the funny, painful second episode.

This might be the best place to start in appreciating Andersson’s darkly humorous take on the absurdity of being human. He sets out his exhibits in characteristic vignettes that are constructed in intricate, yet simple (what he calls a disciplined simplicity) long takes. The endless traffic jams, the carpet salesman who can’t go on, the young woman hopefully in love with a pop star, the motif of the brass band music that runs through the film, and of course, the possibility that the bombers are drawing closer even as we laugh. This film establishes Andersson as a great master, who can be spoken of in the same breath as Tati.

This film is part of Adelaide Cinematheque, entry by membership. Memberships start from $40 for a 4-session membership. 

YOU, THE LIVING

  • Director: Roy Andersson
  • Year: 2007
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Country: Sweden, Germany, France, Denmark, Norway. In Swedish with English subtitles
  • Rating: M