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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.

“Miraculous. Miniature comedies and tragedies…filled with deadpan humor and haunting bleakness. Desperate existential quandaries bump up against the implacably mundane… that all suggest the presiding spirit of Edward Hopper.” Imogen Sara Smith, Film Comment

“Very much in the vein of the Swedish director’s earlier work: light, glancing, absurdist, sometimes pungent and sometimes brooding. The famous dreamlike lighting and mise-en-scene are always perfect in capturing human foibles. Giving the whole movie its dreamline atmosphere of great pictorial beauty is the distinctive white-suffused lighting by cinematographer Gergely Palos, who also shot A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH.” Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

“Satisfying and richly resonant.” Jonathan Romney, Screen Daily

“Brilliant… pointillistic dioramas of the human condition are pieced together with drollness in much the same way as George Seurat’s landscapes were painted with dots.” David Ehrlich, IndieWire

“Deliciously odd. A divine comedy with moments of devilish wit. Makes the humdrum seem unique and the banal otherworldly.” Xan Brooks, The Guardian (UK)

“Short, bittersweet and exquisitely imagined.” Guy Lodge, Variety

  • Year
  • Runtime
    76 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    Sweden, Germany, Norway, France
  • Director
    Roy Andersson