A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2014) Poster


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The title was inspired by the painting The Hunters in the Snow by Pieter Bruegel the Elder.
The military hymn that is sung several times in the film uses the melody of The Battle Hymn of the Republic (Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory).
The film contains 39 vignettes that examines the absurdity of ordinary life.
According to Roy Andersson the film had been inspired by Ladri di biciclette (1948).
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The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

In the film, people are led into a huge copper cylinder, made by Boliden which includes a message to Swedish mining and smelting company Boliden, which sold thousands of tonnes of smelting residue to Chile in the 1980s, only to face a lawsuit claiming hundreds of people, including children who played on the waste sites, had been poisoned.

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