Meticulously crafted aesthetic, more so than even Moonrise Kingdom, but .... strange.
You, the Living (Swedish: Du levande) is a 2007 Swedish film written and directed by Roy Andersson. The film is an exploration on the "grandeur of existence," centered around the lives of an overweight woman, a disgruntled psychiatrist, a heartbroken groupie, a carpenter, a business consultant, an elementary school teacher with emotional issues and her rug-selling husband, among others. The basis for the film is an Old Norse proverb, "Man is man's delight," taken from the Poetic Edda poem Hávamál. The title comes from a quote in Roman Elegies by Goethe, which appears as a title card in the beginning of the film: "Be pleased then, you, the living, in your delightfully warmed bed, before Lethe's ice-cold wave will lick your escaping foot."
The film consists of a fluent succession of exactly 50 short sketches, most of them with a tragicomic undertone. The cast is non-professional and alienating techniques such as presenting the characters in grim make-up and having them talk directly to...