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Drama, Genre , trackback

Director: Roy Andersson
Bengt Bergius, Anja Broms, Marie Burman
73 mins

Swedish director Roy Andersson (A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence) has been so committed to honing his unique brand of melancholic tragicomedy that even Samuel Beckett would have to tip his hat to him in mournful admiration.  About Endlessness arrives brimful with lost souls and lonely hearts, all making vague efforts to connect with their neighbours. A film that makes the humdrum seem unique and the banal otherworldly, Andersson likes to frame his subjects in medium shot, posing them in drab offices, cafes or train stations, observing them for a few minutes before moving on. These people might be exhibits in some tatty museum of human curiosities. If so, it would be the sort of establishment where the labels on the cases have long since peeled off and the postcards in the gift shop have gone yellow at the edges.

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