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PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 24 October 2014 (Norway)
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Sam and Jonathan, a pair of hapless novelty salesman, embark on a tour of the human condition in reality and fantasy that unfold in a series of absurdist episodes.

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Sam (as Nisse Vestblom)
Charlotta Larsson ...
Lotta
Viktor Gyllenberg ...
Lotti Törnros ...
Flamenco Teacher
Jonas Gerholm ...
Lonesome Lieutnant
Ola Stensson ...
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Oscar Salomonsson ...
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Roger Olsen Likvern ...
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Sam and Jonathan, a pair of hapless novelty salesman, embark on a tour of the human condition in reality and fantasy that unfold in a series of absurdist episodes.

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A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence  »

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$25,313 (USA) (5 June 2015)

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$222,284 (USA) (9 October 2015)
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It was selected as the Swedish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards; however, the movie did not receive a nomination. See more »

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Follows You, the Living (2007) See more »

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Halta Lotta
Musical arrangement by Felix Aneer
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It's OK to say "I'm not 'fine", actually!
9 May 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This, a film about death; its stalking the unready, catching its survivors off guard, delivering problems of succession, needs to be viewed metaphorically. It plays out at a snail's pace and snares you just as death snares its victims. At first, we see the peaceful dove, AKA pigeon, protected by a glass bubble from the attacking eagle (örn) and get a sense of the portents to come. This comes to pass in a most inventive yet phlegmatic study of collective sorrow and fear of loss. Even if you know very little Swedish history, you cannot fail to recognise that the seemingly modern tale of two unsuccessful and troubled travelling salesmen is a metaphor for something else. Poor Jonathan wants never to meet his parents in heaven and is traumatised by visions of unspeakable horror. It is not just lost innocence. We get to see the dreams, the re-enactments of the glory days and the devastating defeat that lives on in the collective memory. Maybe he is a cry-baby. Maybe he has a true 'memory' of the extent of his, and his nation's loss. Quite magical but not your average cinema goer's fare.


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