Roy is my favorite Anders(s)on auteur, thank you very much.
If you haven’t seen a Roy Andersson film before, any of his previous three (Songs from the Second Floor; You, the Living; A Pigeon Sits on a Branch Reflecting on Existence) are better places to start. About Endlessness is easily his starkest and most rigorous work since he began his unofficial “Living Trilogy” run of films. Those aforementioned earlier ones are more accessible and easier to love.
Still, About Endlessness is a quiet stunner. The formal construction of Andersson’s bleak and beautiful tableaux are catnip enough for anyone with eyesight. But as each of these brief vignettes unfold their often banal and often profound (and often at the same time) conceits, they snowball into an unexpectedly moving meditation on life.
“Isn’t it quite fantastic?”
(Including this film.)