A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

2015 • 100 minutes
3.7
15 reviews
89%
Tomatometer
PG-13
Rating
Eligible
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About this 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.
Rating
PG-13
3.7
15 reviews
Ghost Burger 2
January 17, 2020
One of the best films I've ever had the privilege of watching. Roy Andersson's Living Trilogy is truly a towering achievement in film, and this work is the best conclusion I could imagine. Would watch it one hundred times over.
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Nic Hathaway
December 10, 2015
The first 2 movies are 2 of the best I've seen while this 3rd seemed to miss the mark somehow. Still quite enjoyable.
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Addison Phillips
March 6, 2016
There were quite a few brilliant moments, but also quite a few that seemed to miss the mark.
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