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About Endlessness

Episodic and poetic vignettes about life and what one can do against it ending.


A man and woman sit on a bench, high above the city, while a flock of birds fly in the sky. “It’s already September,” says the woman, to which the man responds: “Hmm.” A couple floats above war-torn Cologne, only the powerful dome seems barely scathed. A man carries a cross along an alley in a modern city, drooling masses surrounding him. In the next moment a priest, who has lost his faith, wakes up from a nightmare. These are just a few vignettes which Swedish director Roy Andersson shows in ABOUT ENDLESSNESS. He shot it in his distinct style, in fixed takes on sets usually completely built in the studio that appear accurate, but artificial.
Finding one common theme in Andersson’s films isn’t easy, maybe even a waste of time. The only reoccurring character in the vignettes is the priest who is in despair because of his loss of faith and only hears banalities from a psychiatrist. This individual fate puts Andersson against moments in history. Along with destroyed Cologne there’s a scene with Hitler in his already destroyed bunker and German troops that face an unknown future in snowy Siberia.
Almost all the vignettes are commented on by a woman narrator, whose short narrations always begin with “I saw a man/a woman.” Andersson compared her to Sheherazade, the narrator of “1001 Nights,” a woman who also strung together one story after the next. Episodes,that sometimes seem to be disconnected, and are then filled with associations. In the its about survival, about countering the inevitable end of every life somehow.

Michael Meyns

Translation: Elinor Lewy


Original title: Om det oändliga
Schweden 2019, 78 min
Genre: Drama
Director: Roy Andersson
Author: Roy Andersson
DOP: Gergely Pálos
Montage: Johan Carlsson, Kalle Boman, Roy Andersson
Distributor: Neue Visionen
Cast: Ania Nova, Lesley Leichtweis Bernardi, Martin Serner
FSK: 12
Release: 17.09.2020




  • OV Original version
  • OmU Original with German subtitles
  • OmeU Original with English subtitles

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