Film Review: Being a Human Person

In the film industry, there is no one quite like Roy Andersson. The Swedish director has the most distinct and unique voice in modern cinema. There are few, if any, filmmakers whose work is so instantly recognisable and so consistently surprising. He has been a part of the independent film furniture since he swept the board with A Swedish Love Story at Berlin in 1970, but a new ‘Andersson’ is more or a prolonged investment than a short assignment. Every outing contains a large chunk of him and involves a menagerie of fellow collaborators.

Roy is about to make his final film. At the age of 76 he has spent his whole life immersed in telling stories. Each new venture is a meticulously made passion project, created in a highly unique (and rather time-consuming) way. Conspiring with the same team of creatives, he is far from prolific and is not without his own personal demons; which inhabit every corner of his work. Award-winning director Fred Scott follows his final journey in his new documentary, Being a Human Person. Speaking to those closest to him and digging deep into his psyche.

Being a Human Person is an intimate portrait of an idiosyncratic genius. Scott doesn’t shy away from tackling the difficult question around Andersson’s drinking or the very personal connection between the work and the creator. This is not your usual documentary. We’re immersed in the auteur’s creative process, afforded a glimpse into what makes him tick. Being a Human Person is a remarkable testament to a true original.

Being A Human Person is out in cinemas and on Curzon Home Cinema on 16 October.

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