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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

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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Sweden | Germany | Norway | France | Denmark

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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 »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,313, 7 June 2015

Gross USA:

$222,989

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,472,431
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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

According to Roy Andersson the film had been inspired by Ladri di biciclette (1948). See more »

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Follows You, the Living (2007) See more »

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Zandahls Kanon
Written and composed by Frans Hodell (1866)
Musical arrangement and performed by Björn Isfält
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It's OK to say "I'm not 'fine", actually!
9 May 2015 | by PipAndSqueakSee 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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