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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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[A] singular, engrossing collection of vignettes with a cumulative, disconcerting power.
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.
A melancholy hoot of a movie.
If you've ever wondered, "What if Ingmar Bergman directed Upright Citizens Brigade?" then Andersson is the director for you.
Scandinavian drollery at its finest.
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.
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.
... an absurd humor that moves between surrealism, Dadaism and the simple slapstick.. [Full review in Spanish]
... the film falls prey to strategies that seem laborious rather than admirably labour-intensive.
We feel for the characters without seeing or sharing their varied points of view. We only observe - dumbfounded and uncomprehending - like a pigeon staring down from a tree branch.
If the results are less satisfying than the previous entries in the trilogy, there's nothing like an [Roy] Andersson film, in which every scene has been painstakingly crafted for maximum visual impact.
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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