Saturday, 22 June 2013

Film Review: YOU, THE LIVING (2007)

You, the Living - poster [Original Title: DU LEVANDE]

Writer/Director: Roy Andersson
Running time: 95 mins (approx)
Certification (UK): 15

Genre: Comedy/Drama/Music
Sweden Release date: 27th September 2007

Watched on Sky+ Saturday 22nd June 2013.


(Apologies for the brief review – I’m a bit pushed for time today)

This film consists of a series of vignettes with one common theme; that fact that the protagonists have life harder than everyone else. It’s very interesting and very darkly humorous in places. It’s one of those films I would like to watch again at some point because I’m sure I’d get much more out of it a second time around. There are many and varied characters including a woman who just wants everyone to ‘go away’ because nobody understands her… but will probably be round later for tea. A girl who is a fan of a guitarist in a rock band; she is depressed because she wants to marry him, but she can’t see how that could happen. A depressed psychiatrist who has given up and just prescribes pills now. There are many more and they all seem interconnected. The music was very interesting; mostly traditional or rag-time jazz but with a little bit of rock thrown in every now and again. All the performances were excellent throughout and I love the, almost comic book, look and feel of the film. I have to admit I probably enjoyed this one a tad more than my score might suggest. Definitely one that will get a second viewing sometime.

You, the Living - 8 SteelMonster’s verdict: RECOMMENDED

My score: 6.4/10.

IMDb Score: 7.3/10 (based on 6,756 votes when this review was written).

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You, the Living - 1 Rotten Tomatoes ‘Tomatometer’ Score: 97/100 (based on 37 reviews counted at the time of going to press).

Rotten Tomatoes ‘Audience’ Score: 79/100 (based on 5,204 user ratings counted at the time of going to press).

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