Meanwhile on Earth is a film about death that speaks about life. Constructed as a collage of scenes and situations – each a tableau – the film investigates the human relationship with death in our society, based on the people that have made death part of their everyday lives.
We meet a variety of people who work with death, in parallel with encountering a man who is an involuntary visitor in this industry, as he is about to lose his mother. Meanwhile on Earth is a study of the human: her fears, her insecurities and her relationship with the definitive end.
Dir. Carl Olsson - 72min - 2020 - Sweden
"It’s shot in what you might call the European objective style, reminiscent of Ulrich Seidl and Nikolaus Geyrhalter: largely static, square-on tableaux of activity in morgues, crematoriums, cemeteries, hearses and the like. But they’re filled with small talk that attests to the unstoppable flow of life, even in these most sombre of places" - The Guardian
"Jean Cocteau's words that films show us death at work are taken literally in Carl Olsson's warm and very human depiction of the last great taboo in the Nordic welfare state" - CPH Dox
"A deadpan dramedy of manners and mundanity emerges, inviting empathy and introspection and bringing light to the commonly dark subject of death" - Full Frame Documentary Festival
"When we die, there are a lot of practicalities that need to be taken care of before our time among the living is finally over." - IFFR
"amusingly surreal look at the mundane business of death" - We Love Cinema