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En duva satt på en gren och funderade på tillvaron (2014)

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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:
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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
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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)  »

Also Known As:

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$25,313, 7 June 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$222,284, 11 October 2015
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The two scenes including the Swedish march took 2 months to complete. See more »

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Everyone should miss this movie
4 July 2015 | by See all my reviews

The Swedish Movie "En duva satt på en gren och funderade på tillvaron" was shown in the US as "A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2014)" It was written and directed by Roy Andersson.

We saw this movie, along with a friend, in the excellent Dryden Theatre of Eastman House in Rochester, NY. The staff person who introduced the film went on and on about what a genius Roy Andersson is, how lucky we are that the Dryden could bring it to Rochester, etc. etc. The IMDb rating was a very respectable 7.3. How could we go wrong?

All three of us left the Dryden thinking, "Was he talking about the same movie we just saw"? It was called a black comedy. The only problem with that description is that the movie wasn't funny. It was disjointed, more or less random, with running jokes that also weren't funny. Two scenes at the end were pathological and disturbing.

The two recurring characters--sort of a Laurel and Hardy pair--were depressed and depressing. And, just to turn the movie into a laugh riot, King Charles XII appears on his way to and from the terrible Swedish defeat at the Battle of Poldova.

Be sure to miss this movie. If I had a choice between seeing it again and undergoing root canal work, I'm not sure what I'd do. Save yourself the agony. If you want to see a Swedish film, see "The Seventh Seal." See "The Emigrants." See anything, just not this movie.


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