Our review for About Endlessness, the new film by acclaimed filmmaker Roy Andersson.
Roy Andersson’s newest film is quite a unique one, as it basically has no plot or characters at all. About Endlessness is essentially a collection of many short scenes that basically stand on their own. For example a patient visits a doctor or a family reunion at a train station. Some characters appear in more than one scene and some scenes are loosely based on another, but this is exactly what Andersson tries to do: he shows meaningless situations and captures them as if they are painting.
And that is the strongest part of the movie, every frame and every scene is captured like a painting, as there is almost no camera movement in the entire movie. He puts the camera in one place and lets the scene play out using the environment and perfect framing.
But it has to be mentioned that this film probably won’t appeal to a huge audience as it looks and feels very experimental and there is basically nothing happening at all. It all comes down to the atmosphere and if you genuinely enjoy the beautiful look of the film. There often isn’t even dialogue besides a voiceover telling us what the situation is in one repeating sentence.
About Endlessness is artistically fantastic, but lacks a plot or the general structure of a typical film. It’s up to the viewer to decide if they want to experience it or leave it.
About Endlessness Trailer and Synopsis
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. (Magnolia Pictures)
About Endlessness will hit theaters and VOD on April 30, 2021. What do you all think? Are you planning to watch it? Have you seen it already if so how did you like it? Let’s discuss everything in the comments down below and on our Twitter.