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.
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.
Timothy Spall and Jim Norton as clerks going over a man's life trying to decide if he's going to be allowed to jump from a window or not.
One of the Best films in the Beckett on Film set and one of the best films I've seen in 2010. Its all in the acting and it makes it painfully clear that Beckett needs more than the words to work. This is a small treasure of a film as the clerks find things in themselves as they look over the life of a man. On some level what the film is showing isn't clear, I don't know who they are or what they represent, they might be in a totalitarian government, or maybe just clerks or they might just be watchers or angels since the man in the window seems frozen in time and oblivious to their presence. Either way it doesn't matter. This is just a great little film and seeing it was the first time I found real magic in any Beckett plays.
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