50 hyperreal and urbsurd (urban absurdity, a word coined by Khushboo Ranka to catalogue the specific genre of surreal ironies manifesting in urban settings) vignettes seem to traverse a range of human misery, from alienation to apocalypse, and still manage to leave you with a sense of wonder (and even joy).
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.
Andersson's vision of the apocalyptic mediocrity of human existence, conveyed via (i.e. at the expense of) a bunch of pasty white people (and an Arab guy) in bland and pathetic scenarios. Effective, in the sense that getting through it was reminiscent of the way one gets through a 9-5 cubicle-job... painfully, in 5-minute increments. Misanthropic cheap shots masked as comedy. My second, and likely last, of his films.
Seemingly random yet perfectly interweaved. Slowly paced but entirely captivating. Morbidly hilarious. Roy Andersson's "You, The Living" masterfully creates a world from our dullest nightmares. His characters are filled with depth, even if we only see them in passing. It is amazing what he is able to do with only wide shots, using every part of the frame to great visual and comedic effect.