A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

Bleak, episodic existential comedy, following two novelty salesmen, that jumps between reality and fantasy in an attempt to understand the human condition. There's also a pigeon sitting on a branch reflecting on existence. This is Swedish director Roy Andersson's third film in his "living" trilogy, following the quite brilliant Songs from the Second Floor and You, the Living. All three films are marked by a distinctive visual style - deep focus tableaus - and deadpan humour. 

2014Rating: M, Mature themes100 minsSweden, Germany, Norway, FranceSwedish and English with English subtitles
ComedyDramaWorld CinemaFestival & Independent
Director:
Roy Andersson ('You, the Living', 'Songs from the Second Floor')
Writer:
Roy Andersson
Cast:
Holger AnderssonNils WestblomViktor GyllenbergLotti Törnros

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A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence / Reviews

Variety

Variety

The film is a master class in comic timing, employing pacing and repetition with the skill of a practiced concert pianist.

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Total Film

Total Film

One of the strangest films you'll see this (or any) year, it unsettles, bores, elates and amuses in equal measure. Not for everyone, but there's plenty to chew on.

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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

You just have to watch it, then grab a net and try to coax your soul back down from the ceiling.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

He thinks life is a comedy and feels it's a tragedy, and is able to wrestle these conflicting impulses into a gorgeous, deadpan deadlock.

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The Dissolve

The Dissolve

For the most part, Pigeon is very much in the same mold as its two predecessors, which is part of the problem.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Though it abounds in the kind of sardonic humor intrinsic to life's absurdities, the film is rarely laugh-out-loud funny.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Excruciatingly funny and streaked with coal-black humor.

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