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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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Holger Andersson ...
Jonathan
Per Bergqvist
Charlotta Larsson ...
Lotta
Solveig Andersson
Viktor Gyllenberg ...
Karl XII
Sture Olsson
Lotti Törnros ...
Flamenco Teacher
Jonas Gerholm ...
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Ingvar Olsson
Ola Stensson ...
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Oscar Salomonsson ...
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Roger Olsen Likvern ...
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Linda Birgersson
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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Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

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

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24 October 2014 (Norway)  »

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A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence  »

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$25,313, 7 June 2015, Limited Release

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$222,284, 11 October 2015
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Absurd, incomprehensible, bizarre and fascinating
2 June 2015 | by See all my reviews

Some film makers try to make their films as realistic as possible (the Dardenne brothers, Mike Leigh), and some try to get as far away from reality as they can by creating their own cinematographic universe (Wes Anderson, Jean-Pierre Jeunet). Roy Andersson definitely belongs to the latter category.

The world Andersson shows in his film, is grey, slow, unexciting, and old-fashioned. It reminded me of how eastern Europe must have looked during the communist era. No bright colours, no joy, no laughter, no hope, no ambitions. The interiors are drab, the people dreary. This self-created world is where the cinematographic equivalent of a series of short stories take place. Some are bizarre, most are melancholic, a few are incomprehensible, others meaningless or absurd. But they all share this common characteristic: they are taking place in Andersson's universe.

Actually, that universe is his studio, where he has built all of the sets with incredibly great attention to details, colours, clothing, lighting and lay-out. You can see fascinating images and footage of the production process on Andersson's web site. The sets are the real stars of the film. Even so much so, that maybe the stills of the film (also on the web site), with their Edward Hopper-like melancholy, are better than the film itself.

As fascinating as they are, I don't think the fragments work well as a feature film. They could have been very effective, say, as an element of a daily satirical television programme. But I think watching them all after each other, made into one 100 minute film, is not the best way to appreciate them.


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