A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

(2014)

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. 

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My colleague couldn't stand this and my wife found it so so and I can understand it not working for some - but if it IS your thing it's sublime - absurdist dioramas, shot in gorgeous deep focus and with extremely considered art direction/composition/blocking.


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

  • Excruciatingly funny and streaked with coal-black humor. Full Review

  • 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. Full Review

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

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

  • 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. Full Review

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