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About Endlessness (2019)

Om det oändliga (original title)
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With ABOUT ENDLESSNESS, Roy Andersson adds to his cinematic oeuvre with a reflection on human life in all its beauty and cruelty, its splendour and banality.

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Roy Andersson

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Roy Andersson
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Credited cast:
Bengt Bergius Bengt Bergius ... Psychiatrist
Anja Broms Anja Broms ... Secretary
Marie Burman Marie Burman
Amanda Davies Amanda Davies
Tatiana Delaunay Tatiana Delaunay ... Flying Woman
Karin Engman Karin Engman
Jan-Eje Ferling Jan-Eje Ferling ... Man in the Stairs
Thore Flygel Thore Flygel ... Dentist
Lotta Forsberg ... Woman on the Street
Anton Forsdik
Fanny Forsdik Fanny Forsdik
Anders Hellström Anders Hellström
Göran Holm ... Café Guest
Stefan Karlsson ... Man with Stick
Mattias Königsson Mattias Königsson
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ABOUT ENDLESSNESS is 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. Written by Magnolia Pictures

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Drama | Fantasy

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The opening scene of the film is an ode to the Marc Chagall painting "Over the Town" (1918). See more »

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Prière à Notre-Dame
Written by Léon Boëllmann
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Liked his other films more: not a fan of voice-over narrators and in general felt less structured throughout the story.
31 August 2020 | by thedarkhorizonSee all my reviews

Yes. We know Anderson and his style by heart. Yes, we love him with all our heart!

But... I was a bit de-mystified by the fact that in this (potentially very meta-physical) story-composition there was MANY TIMES a voice over telling us what we just saw on our own. Chances are I truly missed the point of this, but after few minutes I felt truly annoyed by it... "yes I see myself a man with a problem that is xy" I thought many times. Was this the point?

Overall, apart from the seemingly unnecessary narrator, some of the scenes were "too light" for my taste, but I guess taste is just taste. Young people, dancing in sunlight; young people staring at each other. More profanity without the dark, underlying melancholy. Most of his other scenes in older movies feature also way more "mystical" (unexplained/riddled) situations, might they be more absurd, more surreal, more melancholic, more dramatic. Many scenes in this film felt quite "un-dramatic"... but again, maybe this was his point, finally giving us more light, more normal situations, more insight into happiness?

Apart from this point ( that I maybe didn't get): loved the absurdity, some of the actors, most of the sets (splendid as ALWAYS), the groteque, the paintinglike style, the "Andersonesque" techniques to tell a story.

Maybe one of you "unlocked" the solution to this film's mystery?


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Official Sites:

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Sweden | Germany | Norway | France

Language:

Swedish

Release Date:

18 September 2020 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Stockholm, Sweden

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Budget:

EUR4,558,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$323,607
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1.78 : 1
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