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Review: 'About Endlessness' a Pleasure that Offers Pleasures, Wonders

by Kevin Taft
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Monday May 3, 2021
'About Endlessness'
'About Endlessness'  

A poetic meditation on what it means to be alive, Roy Andersson's contemplative "About Endlessness" is lovely, humorous, and sometimes mildly perplexing. However, it is always fascinating.

While Andersson's film — which is a collection of vignettes — will not appeal to everyone, it presents different characters and situations in small segments that amount to no more than a few minutes each. Some are funny. Some are touching. Others are thought-provoking. But all of them lead the audience to contemplate where they fit in this thing we call life.

Besides the over-arching philosophical questions, the film also guides us to appreciate the smaller moments; the moments that seem insignificant, but really aren't. Whether it's a boy longing for a girl, a businessman enjoying the snow outside of a coffeeshop window, or a group of young girls dancing like fools for a group of diners at an outdoor café, all take moments that seem insignificant but allow us to see and feel them as so much more. It's the little things in life that make it so special, and Andersson's film is a constant reminder of that.

Some vignettes are sad (defeated soldiers), others are simple (a couple wordlessly stares out over the city), others ask bigger questions (a priest questions his faith), but all have a beauty to them despite their simplicity. Andersson often just puts his camera in place and lets the characters and the vistas speak for themselves. It's a gorgeous looking film that asks its audience to contemplate their own existence along with the characters on screen.

For sure a mood piece, "About Endlessness" offers heady pleasures, visual wonders, and an experience that can only be brought to you by a filmmaker like Andersson.

"About Endlessness" arrives in theaters and OnDemand April 30th.

Kevin Taft is a screenwriter/critic living in Los Angeles with an unnatural attachment to 'Star Wars' and the desire to be adopted by Steven Spielberg.

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