There are five survivors in a futuristic library. Bam is their supreme dictator, and has the others interrogated and tortured, believing them to have said where. What Bam means is unclear, but he distrusts all.
Hamm is blind and unable to stand; Clov, his servant, is unable to sit; Nagg and Nell are his father and mother, who are legless and live in dustbins. Together they live in a room with two windows, but there may be nothing at all outside.
Probably as good a film as you're going to get of a piece that should have stayed on stage
A "four scene" story of a woman walking 9 paces one way and then 9 paces back in front of the door of her mother who is an invalid. We never see her mother but hear their interior monologues and the conversation between them.
This belongs on stage and not on screen since despite a great central performance the play is too formal and rigid to work as a film. Its Beckett looking at aging, roads not taken (the daughter is middle aged and never been out) and other things. I don't see much that hasn't been done before. certainly other than a chance at a great performance (which this film has) I don't think its much of anything. The problem is that in order to stay true to Beckett's direction the filmmakers were too limited as to what they could do and the result is a theater-piece on film.
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