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Title Du levande / producerad av Roy Andersson Filmproduktion AB ; manus & regi, Roy Andersson ; producent, Pernilla Sandström.

Published [Stockholm?] : Roy Andersson Filmproduktion : Studio 24 (distributor), [2010]


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Physical description 1 videodisc (DVD) (94 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet
polychrome rdacc
Credits Director of photography, Gustav Danielsson; editor, Anna Märta Waern ; music, Johan Ahlin, Ebbe Belfrage, Mattias Landegren.
Notes Originally released as a motion picture in 2007.
Performers Jessika Lundberg, Elisabeth Helander, Björn Englund, Leif Larsson, Ollie Olson, Birgitta Persson, Kemal Sener, Håkan Angser, Rolf Engström, Gunnar Ivarsson, Eric Bäckman, Patrik Anders Edgren, Lennart Eriksson, Pär Fredriksson, Jessica Nilsson.
Summary You, the Living is a film about man's existence, about the doings of man, about man's behaviour, about man's ponderings, about man's concerns, about man's dreams, about man's sorrow, about man's joy and about man's inexhaustible longing for validation and love. The film is an exploration on the "grandeur of existence," centered around the lives of an overweight woman, a disgruntled psychiatrist, a heartbroken groupie, a carpenter, a business consultant, an elementary school teacher with emotional issues and her rug-selling husband, among others. The film consists of a fluent succession of exactly 50 short sketches, most of them with a tragicomic undertone. The cast is non-professional and alienating techniques such as presenting the characters in grim make-up and having them talk directly to the camera are extensively used. There is no central plot, but some of the vignettes connect loosely. All the stories show the essential humanity of the characters and address themes of life, existence and happiness. The stories in the film include: (1) An overweight woman (Elisabeth Helander) laments her life while being completely self-absorbed. Her equally overweight boyfriend (Jugge Nohall) tries to comfort her and invites her to dinner. The woman later rejects an admirer in a trenchcoat (Jan Wikbladh) who tries to give her a bouquet of flowers. (2) A carpenter (Leif Larsson) has a dream in which he is condemned and executed for breaking a 200-year-old china set while trying to perform the tablecloth trick. (3) A pickpocket (Waldemar Nowak) steals the wallet of a high roller (Gunnar Ivarsson) at a fine restaurant before he has paid the bill. (4) A psychiatrist (Håkan Angser) has lost faith in people's ability to be happy because of their selfishness. Nowadays he only prescribes pills. (5) A business consultant (Olle Olson) gets his hair butchered by an upset barber (Kemal Sener) before attending a meeting where the CEO (Bengt C. W. Carlsson) dies of a heart attack. (6) A sousaphone player (Björn Englund) makes money by playing in funerals, including the one of the CEO. (7) A girl (Jessika Lundberg) finds her musical idol, Micke Larsson (Eric Bäckman), in a tavern. He invites her and her friend for a drink, but afterwards he ditches her by giving her wrong directions to a band rehearsal. Later, she tells a diner full of people a dream she had about marrying him. In the dream, their apartment building slowly drifts down a street while people outside cheer for the happy couple. (8) A husband and wife (Pär Fredriksson and Jessica Nilsson) have a fight and they both linger on it, causing them to get into trouble at work.
System notes DVD 9 DL ; PAL.
Language notes In Swedish with English, Swedish, Finnish, and Norwegian subtitles.
Notes Official selection, Festival de Cannes, 2007.
Other author Andersson, Roy, 1943-
Sandström, Pernilla.
Lundberg, Jessika.
Helander, Elisabet, 1960-
Englund, Björn.
Studio 24 (Stockholm, Sweden)
Roy Andersson Filmproduktion (Firm)
Subject Meaning (Philosophy) -- Drama.
Life -- Drama.
Brass bands -- Drama.
Foreign films -- Sweden.
Feature films.
Dark comedy films.
Experimental films.
Fiction films.
Variant Title You, the living.
Title on container: Roy Andersson's Du levande.
Standard Number 7350016590075