A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence


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

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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

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[A] singular, engrossing collection of vignettes with a cumulative, disconcerting power.

Oct 29, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Being absurd only goes so far, and two hours is way too far.

Sep 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.

Jul 29, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4

A melancholy hoot of a movie.

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

If you've ever wondered, "What if Ingmar Bergman directed Upright Citizens Brigade?" then Andersson is the director for you.

Jun 18, 2015 | Full Review…

Scandinavian drollery at its finest.

Jun 18, 2015 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
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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.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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