A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on ExistenceHD Closed Captioning
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About the Movie
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.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 95
- Fresh: 84
- Rotten: 11
- Average Rating: 7.8/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: If fun does not really fit into Roy Andersson's frame of reference, there is ample pleasure to be gleaned from his formal discipline and his downbeat wit.
Fresh: I think every moment of this film has been carefully calibrated, and that Andersson achieves the effect he seeks.
Fresh: Each shot in an Andersson film is part diorama, part theatrical performance, part moviemaking the way Thomas Edison did it: Build a set, plant a camera, and stage highly orchestrated comedy and tragedy.
Fresh: "A Pigeon" skips with slow-motion grace across a series of absurdist tableaux, a mocking oom-pah-pah soundtrack the only connective tissue.
One of the best films you'll see this year.
Every stroke of Roy Anderson's cinema is a wonderful sonic canvas that reveals our fragile humanity. It has a unique pace, vision and imagination without losing the beauty of the realism that surrounds it.
One of the best foreign films of the year, and a great introduction to a master filmmaker.
Funny in places, dark &/or grim in others, very BIG in wEiRd - this film will definitely leave you thinking about it the next day. Caveat emptor; don’t put this on if you hoping to get the ride later as it’s a major passion killer.