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You, The Living (Du levande) (2008) (Sweden)

PostPosted: Thu Apr 10, 2008 11:14 pm
by hengcs

Director: Roy Andersson

This film is Sweden's submission to Oscar 2008.

For more info, click the official website

Re: You, The Living (Du levande) (2008) (Sweden)

PostPosted: Thu Apr 10, 2008 11:21 pm
by hengcs
originally posted by justindeimen 6-Apr-08 07:51 AM

You, The Living

The large bell in a bar intermittently rings for last orders and the inevitable rush to queue forms at the counter - do we want what we need only when it's too late? Or is the irony of the opening scene's wailing Cassandra a more resonant reflection of our perceptions on individual existence? There's an endless fascination about where writer-director Roy Andersson wants to take us in his fourth feature, "You, The Living". With fifty or so semi-related vignettes strung together by a penchant for tragicomic hyper-reality, its wistful interpretations and symbolic instances of life that bind us all in this great big cosmic Sisyphean struggle. The sheer simplicity of these vignettes act to dramatise the tenuity and immense preciousness of being apart of the symbiotic relationships we have with one another. Andersson might whittle down the complexity of the human condition through harsh and fast cynicism more than he should, but he also reminds us of the inherent, reassuring glory of waking up each morning to a new tomorrow when we're all aware of our own distinct forms of arrested development.

Rating: 3½ out of 5

Re: You, The Living (Du levande) (2008) (Sweden)

PostPosted: Thu Apr 10, 2008 11:31 pm
by hengcs
My thoughts

Although interesting, this film poses two challenges

(i) Without prior knowledge, audience might be caught by surprise. Without a main plot, one has to try gather what the entire film seeks to convey.

(ii) The humor/black comedy/satire/etc is only powerful and punching probably to the Swedish (how about Europeans in general?! I am not sure) because they have the correct context, culture and capacity linguistically to appreciate it. From the response (e.g., laughter) during the film (NO Q&A), I presume few locals can truly get every single joke.

Like the beginning two vignettes, one woke up suffering from a nightmare, whereas the other complained about unfulfilled dreams ... I wonder, whether the film turns out to be a dream or a nightmare, you shall have to go watch for yourself!

Re: You, The Living (Du levande) (2008) (Sweden)

PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2008 9:39 pm
by R6dw6C
It's playing here right now and I'm god damn anxious to watch it the day after tomorrow. Sorry for that phrase but I've seen the (German) Trailer a few times and I nearly died almost every time. This film can only be absolutely hilarious and wonderfully sarcastic.

Will try to respond to you then.