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A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
 
 

Directed by Roy Andersson, Sweden 2014
101 mins. Swedish dialogue with English sub-titles

WINNER : GOLDEN LION AT 2014 VENICE FILM FESTIVAL

 
Summary:
 
Two travelling salesmen who peddle novelty items feature in a series of offbeat comedy stories. The title is a reference to the 1565 painting The Hunters in the Snow by Pieter Bruegel the Elder which depicts a rural wintertime scene, with some birds perched on tree branches. The birds are watching the people below and wonder what they are doing ...
 
What the Critics say:
 

"It is like a collaboration between Monty Python and Samuel Beckett ... it shines with what Wordsworth called the glory and the freshness of a dream, but the colours are a calm blend of beige and grey, and the sets could have been furnished by IKEA. It’s about doom and death and the ineffable weirdness of the human experience, and it made me laugh until I wept."  (Robbie Collin - The Daily Telegraph)


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