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A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
PG-131h 41m
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.

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A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

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.

  • Creators
  • Roy Andersson
  • Cast
  • Holger Andersson
  • Nils Westblom
  • Charlotta Larsson
  • Viktor Gyllenberg
  • Genre
  • Comedy
  • Foreign
  • Drama
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