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About Endlessness(Om det oändliga)

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Sweden

2019

1h 18m

Director Roy Andersson

Starring Jan-Eje Ferling, Kristina Ekmark, Martin Serner, Bengt Bergius

Genre Comedy, Drama

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A contemplative film consisting of a series of vignettes, often accompanied by narration for context, inspired by ONE THOUSAND AND ONE NIGHTS, a collection of Middle Eastern and Indian folk tales. A reflection on the human condition including scenes at a park, a dentist’s office, a train station, and more.

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The Film Stage by

Andersson’s sketches feel sketchier—sparser and more suggestive—with every film; About Endlessness hits perhaps a handful of blackly humorous punchlines, and the only irony is cosmic.
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IndieWire by David Ehrlich

The least funny and most tender movie that Andersson has made since building his own studio with the profits he’d saved from decades of enormously successful commercial work, About Endlessness adopts the same qualities of life itself: it’s both short and infinite.
70

The Hollywood Reporter by Deborah Young

The famous dreamlike lighting and mise-en-scene are always perfect in capturing human foibles. But the offbeat sense of humor that characterized the trilogy is less evident than ever.
90

Variety by Guy Lodge

If we’ve been here before, the immaculate, somehow tender-hearted execution of About Endlessness ensures this is not a complaint.
80

CineVue by John Bleasdale

Made up of a series of related but not necessarily connected vignettes, each filmed with a static camera, they resemble New Yorker cartoons scripted by Samuel Beckett.
90

Screen Daily by Jonathan Romney

Andersson’s consistency may have made him a director for acolytes above all, but they will find this a satisfying and richly resonant lesson in obliqueness and sometimes opacity.
80

Empire by Nick de Semlyen

Lord knows how it all connects, but there's a strange power in how About Endlessness flows, jumping around the whole spectrum of human experience and the ridiculous places to which our emotions push us. Andersson's pigeon is at flight once more, and cinema is a richer place for it.
80

The Guardian by Xan Brooks

About Endlessness contains moments of devilish wit, but at heart it is a sad, sweet picture, threaded with themes of estrangement and separation. Andersson isn’t exactly asking us to laugh at or pity these people. Instead, we’re being encouraged to wonder at their predicament – and perhaps relate it to our own.

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