Fourth feature from Andersson follows the magnificent '...Second Floor' with a similar vignette strewn film examining the human condition in an absurdist but revealing conceit that would continue seven years later with 'A Pigeon Sat...'. Andersson certainly has his own unique cinematic voice and his films are a succinct pleasure to watch. Brilliant design and scripting of the sardonic kind.
Following the concept of "Songs From The Second Floor", Roy Andersson returns with a bunch of everyday short stories about sad and lonely people. Compared to its predecessor, "You, The Living" is a paradox between the idea of presenting miserable people in a uplifting and joyful way. The improvement here is the scenic design/moving sets and the emotional depth of the poetic speeches about human nature.
The ending employs a similar device as seen in 'Magnolia': to unify the disparate characters, and it works great. I think I do prefer 'Songs from the Second Floor' over this film, but it's a close call. Roy Andersson is a great talent and I'm thrilled to have found him out. The same sort of ultra-dry, absurdist humor is used as is used in SFTSF. A slyly philosophical piece---while never appearing to be.
Drawing constant lines on screen, this film builds panting-like-scenes with great finesse. Funny and aesthetically pleasing, it catches you by its weirdness. In my opinion, more about performance on screen than character study. A very good movie, though.