7.0/10
14,233
52 user 193 critic

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

En duva satt på en gren och funderade på tillvaron (original title)
Trailer
1:43 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Prime Video

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.

Director:

Roy Andersson

Writer:

Roy Andersson
5 wins & 27 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

You, the Living is a film about humankind, its greatness and its baseness, joy and sorrow, its self-confidence and anxiety, its desire to love and be loved.

Director: Roy Andersson
Stars: Elisabeth Helander, Jörgen Nohall, Jan Wikbladh
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Where are we humans going? A film poem inspired by the Peruvian poet César Vallejo. We meet people in the city. People trying to communicate, searching compassion and get the connection of small and large things.

Director: Roy Andersson
Stars: Lars Nordh, Stefan Larsson, Bengt C.W. Carlsson
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Two teenagers fall in love over the summer, in spite of cynical and disapproving adults who dismiss their relationship as being nothing but young love.

Director: Roy Andersson
Stars: Ann-Sofie Kylin, Rolf Sohlman, Anita Lindblom
Short | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

After witnessing an act of unprecedented violence without even flinching, an emotionally numb real-estate agent visits his ailing mother at the hospital, and then, the graveyard. Is there a speck of happiness in this cruel and short life?

Director: Roy Andersson
Stars: Klas-Gösta Olsson, Lennart Björklund, Christer Christensen
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

An educational film about AIDS contracted by the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare, later to be withdrawn due to its controversial content.

Director: Roy Andersson
Stars: Klas-Gösta Olsson, Anne Tubin, Lennart Björklund
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nils Westblom ... Sam
Holger Andersson Holger Andersson ... Jonathan
Per Bergqvist Per Bergqvist
Charlotta Larsson Charlotta Larsson ... Lotta
Solveig Andersson
Viktor Gyllenberg Viktor Gyllenberg ... 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
Edit

Storyline

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.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief sexuality and some disturbing images | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Sweden | Germany | Norway | France | Denmark

Language:

Swedish | English

Release Date:

24 October 2014 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

Un pigeon perché sur une branche philosophait sur l'existence See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,313, 7 June 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$222,284, 11 October 2015
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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). See more »

Connections

Follows Songs from the Second Floor (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Orgelmusiken
Written and composed by Gorm Sundberg and Hani Jazzar
Performed by Gorm Sundberg and Hani Jazzar
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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.


86 of 106 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 52 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed