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A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Roy Andersson

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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. – A.O. Scott, New York Times, Jun 2, 2015

Fresh: I think every moment of this film has been carefully calibrated, and that Andersson achieves the effect he seeks. – Andrew O'Hehir,, Jun 9, 2015

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. – Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice, Jun 2, 2015

Fresh: "A Pigeon" skips with slow-motion grace across a series of absurdist tableaux, a mocking oom-pah-pah soundtrack the only connective tissue. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, Jun 11, 2015

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Customer Reviews

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.

Completely unique.

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.

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2015

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