You, the Living

You, the Living

Roy Andersson • Sweden • 2007

A visually stunning take on the everyday foibles of human nature.

Dreams can be terrifying. But so is reality. A psychiatrist prescribes pills to his patients, unconvinced that happiness is even possible. A middle-aged woman is down in the dumps, but refuses her boyfriend’s comfort. A pickpocket robs a fancy diner before he’s received the bill. A business consultant receives a horrible haircut, then is forced to attend an important meeting. Halfway through the meeting, his client has a stroke.

Steeped in his signature bleak humor, Roy Andersson’s You, the Living offers a dissection-dish view of humanity, fixing its characters in static framings and allowing the action to unfold in a single take. The fifth film from Golden Lion-winning Swedish filmmaker (A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence) premiered at Cannes, Rotterdam, BFI London, and Chicago, where it won Best Director.

You, the Living
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    Roy Andersson • Sweden • 2007

    Dreams can be terrifying. But so is reality. A psychiatrist prescribes pills to his patients, unconvinced that happiness is even possible. A middle-aged woman is down in the dumps, but refuses her boyfriend’s comfort. A pickpocket robs a fancy diner b...