Directed by Roy Andersson
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.
★★★★★ Roy Andersson’s latest is another masterpiece of the human condition… an amazing experience… endlessly rewatchable – The Guardian
M – Mature themes and violence
Swedish with English subtitles
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Sad, sweet and altogether sublime – Daily Telegraph
Every bit the equal of a Fellini or Haneke. Funnier too – Financial Times
It’s life not as we know it and yet precisely as we experience it – Irish Times
Brilliant vision. You give Roy Andersson 76 minutes, and he’ll give you the universe. – IndieWire
Great art brings perspective and let’s face it: we could all do with some of that right now – Time Out
It’s the great procession of humanity – Independent (UK)
Delicious, odd and utterly unlike anything else. A film that makes the humdrum seem unique and the banal otherworldly. – The Guardian
Quietly dazzling… profound, satisfying and richly resonant. – Screen Daily
Unlike anything else you will see elsewhere in cinemas today – Times (UK)
Short, bittersweet and exquisitely imagined. Immaculate, tender-hearted. – Variety
Glorious… he remains one of those few filmmakers who actually seems to love people. – Cineuropa
Emotional, quiet audacity. – Sight & Sound
Absurdist humour, global history and abject horror sit side by side all equally weighted and witness – Mark Kermode, Observer (UK)