A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
Swedish master Roy Andersson’s 2014 masterpiece—an absurdist, surrealistic and shocking pitch-black comedy, which moves freely from nightmare to fantasy to hilariously deadpan humour as it muses on man’s perpetual inhumanity to man.
Like his previous features Songs From the Second Floor and You, the Living, master Swedish director Roy Andersson takes up the theme of “being a human being” with this meticulously crafted, dreamlike black comedy. Sam and Jonathan, a pair of hapless novelty salesman, take us on a kaleidoscopic tour of the human condition in reality and fantasy, unfolding in absurdist episodes: a sing-along at a 1940s beer hall, a randy flamenco teacher, a thirsty King Charles XII of Sweden en route to battle, and a diabolical metaphor for the horrors inflicted by European colonialism. It is a journey that unveils the beauty of single moments, the pettiness of others, life’s grandeur, and the humor and tragedy hidden within us all.
- Original Language Title: En duva satt på en gren och funderade på tillvaron
- Director: Roy Andersson
- Principal Cast: Holger Andersson, Nils Westblom, Charlotta Larsson, Viktor Gyllenberg, Lotti Törnos
- Country: Sweden, Norway, France, Germany
- Year: 2014
- Running Time: 101 min.
- Producer: Pernilla Sandström
- Screenplay: Roy Andersson
- Cinematographers: István Borbás, Gergely Pálos
- Editors: Alexandra Strauss
- Filmography: You, the Living (2007), Songs From the Second Floor (2000), Giliap (1985), A Swedish Love Story (1970)
- Language: Swedish
- Has Subtitles: Yes
- US Distributor: Magnolia Pictures