A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

2015

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

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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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Like his previous features SONGS FROM THE SECOND FLOOR and YOU, THE LIVING, master Swedish director Roy Andersson takes up the theme of "being a human being" with this meticulously crafted, dreamlike black comedy. Sam and Jonathan, a pair of hapless novelty salesman, take us on a kaleidoscopic tour of the human condition in reality and fantasy, unfolding in absurdist episodes: a sing-along at a 1940s beer hall, a randy flamenco teacher, a thirsty King Charles XII of Sweden en route to battle, and a diabolical metaphor for the horrors inflicted by European colonialism. It is a journey that unveils the beauty of single moments, the pettiness of others, life's grandeur, and the humor and tragedy hidden within us all. (C) Magnolia

Cast

Viktor Gyllenberg
as König Karl XII.
Lotti Törnros
as The Flamenco Dancer
Jonas Gerholm
as The Lonely Colonel
Ola Stensson
as The Captain/Barber
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Critic Reviews for A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

All Critics (98) | Top Critics (29) | Fresh (87) | Rotten (11)

  • An entertaining and occasionally insightful exploration of life, death, and all the surreal bits in between.

    May 10, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Pigeon struggles to sustain a steady momentum but remains a fine exercise in re-appropriating the language of advertising in order to comment on the alienation and sense of despondency felt throughout the world.

    April 5, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Patrick Gamble

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  • Andersson doesn't move the camera or cut within the sequences, instead emphasizing composition and interior space, and allowing us to dwell on the dark, occasionally horrifying absurdity of the scenes.

    October 14, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • It is impossible not to laugh as A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence progresses. Ultimately, this warm consideration of who and what we are is a gentle lesson in how we ought to treat each other.

    November 20, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • ... the film falls prey to strategies that seem laborious rather than admirably labour-intensive.

    October 30, 2017 | Full Review…
  • ... an absurd humor that moves between surrealism, Dadaism and the simple slapstick.. [Full review in Spanish]

    October 30, 2017 | Rating: 1.75/4 | 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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