Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
Original title: Du Levande
Sweden/Germany/France/Denmark/Norway/Japan, 2007. 4 1/2 Film, Arte France Cinéma, Canal+, Coproduction Office, Det Danske Filminstitut, Eurimages, Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Nordisk Film- & TV-Fond, Norsk Filmfond, Posthus Teatret, Roy Andersson Filmproduktion AB, Spillefilmkompaniet 4 1/2, Studio 24, Style Jam, Svenska Filminstitutet, Sveriges Television, Thermidor Filmproduktion, WDR/Arte. Screenplay by Roy Andersson. Cinematography by Gustav Danielsson. Produced by Pernilla Sandstrom. Music by Benny Andersson. Production Design by Magnus Renfors, Elin Segerstedt. Film Editing by Anna Marta Waern.
Another collection of wry vignettes from Roy Andersson, director of the arthouse hit Songs From The Second Floor. Once again there are a number of witty observances of human behavior in meticulously controlled situations, this time not quite as surreal as in the previous film but still reaching a poetic extreme that qualifies them as beyond the grasp of everyday reality. Most are incredibly funny, some are poignant, all of them are perfectly performed and directed with incredible precision by the filmmaker.
European Film Award Nomination: Best European Director (Roy Andersson)
Toronto International Film Festival: 2007