Roy Andersson's films consist of a series of tableaux vivants inspired by everyday life and history. About Endlessness is funny, sometimes poetic, sometimes mournful, sometimes cruel.
There are many films that make you cry and laugh at the same time, but how many films simultaneously show both the disconsolateness of existence and console you? We can think of four: Songs from the Second Floor (2000), You, the Living (2007), A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2014), and About Endlessness (2019). All four were directed by Roy Andersson, a Swede who made his living making advertisements but earned eternal fame for his studio films. They consist of a series of tableaux vivants inspired by everyday life and history.
Andersson stages them in ways that are inspired by painters and in a studio so that he can control every detail. A father gets drenched in the rain so that he can tie his daughter's shoelaces. The daughter just takes it for granted. A priest who lost his faith is all but ignored by a psychologist who wants to catch his bus. Sometimes About Endlessness is funny, sometimes poetic, sometimes mournful, sometimes cruel. Sometimes everything all at once. Like life itself. It lacks colour, but makes up for it with heaps of compassion and beauty.
SE, dir.: Roy Andersson, act.: Bengt Bergius, Anja Broms, Marie Burman