About Endlessness (Om det oändilga)
Directed by Roy Andersson
“At once gloomy and vivid, 76 minutes worth of vignettes that are individually somber and cumulatively exhilarating.”—A.O. Scott, New York Times
Director Roy Andersson won the Silver Lion for Best Direction for this film which features elaborate built-in studio sets, neutral pastel-toned scenes shot with a static camera focused on life’s absurdities capturing his dry humor. About Endlessness is a reflection on human life in all its beauty and cruelty, its splendor and banality.
We wander, dreamlike, gently guided by our Scheherazade-esque narrator through Andersson’s world. Inconsequential moments take on the same significance as historical events: a couple floats over a war-torn Cologne; on the way to a birthday party, a father stops to tie his daughter’s shoelaces in the pouring rain; teenage girls dance outside a cafe; a defeated army marches to a prisoner-of-war camp.
Simultaneously an ode and a lament, About Endlessness presents a kaleidoscope of all that is eternally human, an infinite story of the vulnerability of existence. 2019, Sweden/Germany/Norway, in Swedish with English subtitles, 76 minutes. Recommended for 18+.