Film Reviews, Short Review

Du Levande [You, the Living] (2007)

3/4

You, the Living is about various groups of depressed Swedes looking for some kind of meaningful human contact. Many of its 50 short vignettes here are quite depressingly funny, with a sharp, bleakly comic bite. It is reminiscent of Aki Kaurismaki directing a Jacques Tati film, and the latter’s Playtime is surely a big influence here. Occasionally, in filming its various sad sacks at such a distance (the whole film is shot in mid-and-long-shots) it fails to really connect with us, leaving us to stare at a zoo of eccentrics stretching out for love and failing, but otherwise this is quite an entertaining film.

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