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Directed by Roy Andersson

Sweden 2007 95 mins.

You, the Living hilariously explores man’s existence, behavior, thoughts, worries, happiness, sorrow, and a profound longing for validation and love in 50 interconnected shorts inspired by Goethe’s poetry series Roman Elegies. Throughout the film, dream sequences and music (both as background and performed on camera) are used to reflect the woes and desire of the characters. Andersson’s flawless and creative shots create sympathy with his characters yet draw amusement from the fact that each thinks his or her suffering is unique. “This is the work of a real original – I might almost say a genius. He is radically different from anyone else, with a technical, compositional rigor that puts other moviemakers and visual artists to shame. And he really is funny.”— Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian.



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