You, The Living
2007, Roy Andersson, Sweden, 95 min. With Elisabeth Helander, Jörgen Nohall.
- Tue, Mar 28th 6:00pm
"The film is slow, rigorously morose and often painful in its blunt reckoning of disappointment and failure. It is also extremely funny." — A.O. Scott, The New York Times
A grade school teacher has an emotional breakdown in front of her class. A carpenter is tried and executed for a botched parlor trick. A frustrated barber enacts retribution on the scalp of a racist businessman. A longtime surveyor of the indignities of modern life, director Andersson (A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH REFLECTING ON EXISTENCE) once again applies his familiar deadpan style to the assorted vignettes of his incisive, bleak, and very, very funny YOU, THE LIVING. Taking place on a series of impressively constructed sets and employing meticulously detailed models, YOU, THE LIVING is a wholly analog surrealist wonder, concealing a wealth of life and beauty under its perfectly drab surfaces. In Swedish with English subtitles. 35mm. (CW)
MARCH 28: Lecture by award-winning filmmaker and installation artist Melika Bass, Assistant Professor in the Department of Film, Video, New Media and Animation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.