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About Endlessness (Om det Oändliga) (2020)



Critic Consensus: About Endlessness sees writer-director Roy Andersson surveying the human condition with equal parts striking clarity, tenderness, and deadpan existential wit.

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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. 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.


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For those familiar with what came before it, About Endlessness is a return to familiar ground - although its sketches are briefer, its jokes a little harder to pin down, its juxtapositions more elusive.

November 18, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Roy Andersson's latest has a more maudlin air to it than A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence and 2007's You, the Living - which, if you've experienced their bleak absurdity, you'll know is saying something.

November 10, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

[S]till, it's unlike anything you will see elsewhere in cinema today. And, despite the title, it's not endless at all, and clocks off just after an hour and a quarter.

November 6, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Striking images and poses happen under the camera's nose, but the audience's eye is led, as if on a rail track, out into the distance, to eerily mesmeric background scenes...

November 5, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

If elsewhere film-makers still learn the Tinseltown way that films should be about the momentous, the world-saving and life-changing, to Andersson that is palpably ridiculous.

November 4, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Ridiculous! Yet it's strangely revealing how little enhancement cinema needs, how powerful such minimalism can be in revealing human perplexity. It's probably not one for Netflix, though.

September 4, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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