A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence 2015

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

Critics Consensus

Expertly assembled and indelibly original, A Pigeon Sat on a Branch concludes writer-director Roy Andersson's Living trilogy in style.

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Movie Info

Novelty salesmen (Holger Andersson, Nils Westblom) observe as their fellow humans drift through lives of desperation and loneliness.

Cast & Crew

Lotti Törnos
Flamenco Teacher
Jonas Gerholm
Lonesome Lieutenant
Ola Stensson
Captain, Barber
Roy Andersson
Screenwriter
Pernilla Sandstrom
Producer
Sarah Nagel
Executive Producer
Isabelle Wiegand
Executive Producer
István Borbás
Cinematographer
Gergely Palos
Cinematographer
Alexandra Strauss
Film Editor
Julia Tegstrom
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Critic Reviews for A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

All Critics (100) | Top Critics (43) | Fresh (89) | Rotten (11)

  • Thematically, the movie repeatedly contemplates crushing failure, although it's not devoid of hope.

    August 4, 2016 | Full Review…
  • I'm sympathetic enough to Andersson's project and his sensibility to concede after several months of disappointed reflection that Pigeon's redundancy is merely a case of diminished artistic returns than a lazy repackaging job.

    December 7, 2015 | Full Review…
  • [A] singular, engrossing collection of vignettes with a cumulative, disconcerting power.

    October 29, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Being absurd only goes so far, and two hours is way too far.

    September 24, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • This iconoclastic filmmaker seduces you with ridiculous laughs, then sends you home contemplating your mortality and your place in the world.

    July 29, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • A melancholy hoot of a movie.

    July 23, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

  • Oct 11, 2015
    With a wonderful mise-en-scène and cinematography (mostly gorgeous wide-angle long shots), this amusing collection of several vignettes can be pretty ironic and surreal as they show that life is made up not only of gracious, strange and prosaic moments but also of pain and vicious deeds.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2014
    Roy Andersson produces vignettes that are all ridiculous and yet prompt intense thinking in the minds of the audience. Scenes make you laugh, shock or just scratch your head. Nonetheless, you will remember it and want to talk about it.
    John B Super Reviewer

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