About Endlessness (Dir: Roy Andersson, 2019, Sweden/Germany/Norway/France, 76 mins)
Acclaimed Swedish director Roy Andersson’s latest film is a reflection on human life in all its beauty and cruelty. A work of quiet wonder, Andersson’s tragicomic scenes elevate the everyday ordinary to the dreamlike poetic.
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. A priest consults a psychiatrist about his loss of faith. Teenage girls stage an impromptu dance outside a café and a defeated army marches to a prisoner of war camp.
About Endlessness captures the variety of humanity’s most obscure desires and tendencies, creating a beautiful anthology of human frailty. Perhaps Andersson’s final film, it is another artistic triumph.
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