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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sam
Holger Andersson ... Jonathan
Per Bergqvist
Charlotta Larsson ... Lotta
Viktor Gyllenberg ... Karl XII
Sture Olsson
Lotti Törnros ... Flamenco Teacher
Jonas Gerholm ... Lonesome Lieutnant
Ingvar Olsson
Ola Stensson ... Captain / Barber
Oscar Salomonsson ... Dancer
Roger Olsen Likvern ... Caretaker
Linda Birgersson
Arne Hellqvist


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

24 October 2014 (Norway)  »

Also Known As:

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence  »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,313, 7 June 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$222,284, 11 October 2015
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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


Follows Sånger från andra våningen (2000) See more »


Lilla vackra Anna
Written by Bengt Henrik Alstermark (1824)
Performed by Alf Prøysen
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The most accurate description of the place we live in nowadays
26 March 2015 | by See all my reviews

This is my very first review here. I was so impressed that I was forced to register here and tell you all why nobody should miss the masterpiece.

This film pretty much summarizes how it feels to live in the world where 99% of people you deal with are imbeciles. In other words, it gives an accurate description of the state of the world right now. When you think carefully, you understand there is not that much difference between Apple Google whatchamacallit CEOs and those two guys of the film who work in the "entertainment business" and help people to have some good time. You look around and you see the bleakness of the film isn't an overstatement. It actually mirrors our reality in some most perfect manner. No one cares anymore. Nobody's listening anymore. We're tired, exhausted and uninspired. Some guys still make money and have some good laughs - but what's the point making any big fuss about it while the party's pretty much over and the world is doomed to be blown up sooner or later?! The last scenes are brilliant metaphorical statements of the western welfare societies and wrap up this instant classic fantastically.

Check this out and you'll see what I'm talking about, thanks.

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