It might be a poor choice to start things off by telling you that I spent an evening laughing at other people’s misery recently. But, I assure you; I’m really not an awful person. I was watching Swedish director Roy Andersson’s 2007 film, Du Levande (You, the Living), and I was maybe not so much laughing at the characters but with them.
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To call the film “understated” would be both true and a mistake. It makes definite statements on the human condition, profound in their simplicity, but does it without in-your-face effects or fast pacing. This is Andersson’s trademark style though: lingering scenes and absurdist comedy. Andersson’s professional career has focused mostly on advertisements (he has over four hundred of them to his credit), but he’s also directed several short films over the past three decades, as well as four feature-length films. A new one, A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence, is in production for a 2014 release.
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