A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence2015
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2015)
Critic 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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as The Lonely Colonel
as The Captain/Barber
as The Dancer
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Critic Reviews for A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
Being absurd only goes so far, and two hours is way too far.
This iconoclastic filmmaker seduces you with ridiculous laughs, then sends you home contemplating your mortality and your place in the world.
If you've ever wondered, "What if Ingmar Bergman directed Upright Citizens Brigade?" then Andersson is the director for you.
The film's tone may be one of unrelenting absurdist melancholy, but Andersson does a dynamite job alchemizing despair into big, albeit deadpan, laughs, and the ugliness and banality of everyday existence into moments of beauty ...
Audience Reviews for A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
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.
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.
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