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About Endlessness

Swedish filmmaker Roy Andersson (You, The Living) weaves together multiple visually arresting vignettes into a powerful larger narrative exploring our personal lack of awareness.

Please note that this film is in Swedish, with Dutch subtitles.
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One of cinema’s most revered artists, Roy Andersson has created a peerless and influential body of work with films like SONGS FROM THE SECOND FLOOR and A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH REFLECTING ON EXISTENCE. Utilizing a trompe-l’oeil technique and constructing his films as a series of eerie vignettes, Andersson makes films with a singular, haunting atmosphere. His somnambulant characters float ghostlike through the detailed landscapes he and his teams construct – afraid to engage with one another or lost in grief, confusion, and metaphysical angst – with scenes often culminating in absurdist, awkward humour.
These vignettes document our lack of awareness. A pastor who has lost his faith shows up to a psychiatrist demanding a session, only to be told the office is closing and the doctor has to catch a train, while a woman’s broken shoe takes on near-tragic significance. This effect is underscored in the film by an imperious narrator who habitually states the obvious yet manages to sound portentous and apocalyptic. The sense of helplessness is most evident in the recurring image, a clear reference to Chagall, of a couple floating over a bombed-out city once known for its vibrant culture, suggesting everything from Dresden to Damascus. It’s a stunning visual, one that – like many of the images here – will linger long after the film ends. (source: www.tiff.net)

Roy Andersson, Sweden, Germany, Norway, France, 2019, 76 min. Swedish spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Jan-Eje Ferling, Martin Serner, Bengt Bergius, Tatiana Delaunay, Anders Hellström.
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