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

En duva satt på en gren och funderade på tillvaron (original title)
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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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Roy Andersson

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Roy Andersson
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nils Westblom ... Sam
Holger Andersson Holger Andersson ... Jonathan
Per Bergqvist Per Bergqvist
Charlotta Larsson Charlotta Larsson ... Limping Lotta
Solveig Andersson
Viktor Gyllenberg ... King Karl XII
Sture Olsson Sture Olsson
Lotti Törnros Lotti Törnros ... Flamenco Teacher
Jonas Gerholm Jonas Gerholm ... Lonesome Lieutnant
Ingvar Olsson Ingvar Olsson
Ola Stensson Ola Stensson ... Captain / Barber
Oscar Salomonsson Oscar Salomonsson ... Dancer
Roger Olsen Likvern Roger Olsen Likvern ... Caretaker
Linda Birgersson Linda Birgersson
Arne Hellqvist Arne Hellqvist
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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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Rated PG-13 for brief sexuality and some disturbing images | See all certifications »

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The song Jonathan continuously plays on his record player is "Lille Vackre Anna" from Alf Pröysen. See more »

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Follows You, the Living (2007) See more »

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Halta Lotta
Musical arrangement by Felix Aneer
Performed by Felix Anéer
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Things happen whether you laugh or cry!
29 September 2014 | by K2nsl3rSee all my reviews

A person dying while opening a bottle of wine. And now for something completely different.

But Roy Andersson's movies are like that. You better brace yourself for a sequence of images, scenes and characters that may or may not fit together but are guaranteed to surprise, amuse and sometimes shock you.

It's better not to get specific with the plot. Mostly because there hardly IS one. But also because it unfolds chaotically, surreally, and the pleasure lies in its unfolding before your eyes. Snippets, shots, vignettes, events - uncensored, unorganized, like life itself.

The themes are down-to-earth. The scenes are fantastical. What would you call this: realist surrealism? supernatural naturalism? We are led from Swedish housing complexes to depressing industrial areas, faced with the doom and misery of urban Scandinavia.

Humanity is explored through its senseless capacity for inflicting boredom and suffering on itself and on others. No one is spared. This is pure existentialism on cinema - but with the hope of transcendence.

The audience reactions vary from bemused silence to Benny Hill laughter. You take out of this film what you are ready to give in.

Some may find the plodding pace tiring, the characters soulless and the gray urban settings drab and lifeless. But that is sort of the point.

As a sort of midpoint between Buñuel and Loach, Andersson's style is not to everyone's taste, and not without its faults. Just be ready to embrace, and enjoy, the misery of existence. Perhaps you'll be delighted, like I was, to find humour and absurdity in suffering.


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Release Date:

24 October 2014 (Norway) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$25,313, 7 June 2015

Gross USA:

$222,989

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,472,431
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