Life is great and beautiful, while also trivial in all its stunning beauty but also harsh cruelty, equally logical and absurd. It's what Swedish director Roy Andersson showed in his first feature, Songs From the Second Floor, and now again in his latest film About Endlessness, interweaving a number of seemingly separate scenes in his characteristic, kaleidoscopic way.
A father tying his daughter's shoelaces in the pouring rain; teenage girls dancing in front of a café; a crippled war veteran sitting by the roadside; a girl clasping the hand of her lover for the first time; a man dragging a cross; a defeated army marching to a prisoner of war camp; a couple floating over a war-torn Cologne. A woman's soft narrating voice guides us Scheherezade-esque through this world. Winner of the Silver Lion for Best Direction at the last Venice Film Festival.