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A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence

On an unsuccessful business trip selling gag gifts, a pair of salesmen are the center of absurdist stories and running jokes about human existence.

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Depressing, grim, dark, and compulsively watchable.

Like modern times' Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, Sam and Jonathan, two travelling salesmen peddling novelty items, take us on a kaleidoscopic wandering through human destinies. This film consists of everyday and out of the ordinary stories portraying our existence in its grandeur and pettiness, beauty and tragedy, exaggeration and sadness... - with a panoramic view, as if told by a bird reflecting on human condition.
The pigeon is astonished by humans, their activities, follies, prides and all this agitation, the meaning of which it seeks to understand. The film creates a tension between the banal and the essential, the comic and the tragic - to show the dialectic and dynamic nature of existence, while shaping the thought that mankind is potentially heading towards apocalypse, but also that the outcome is in our hands.

Director
Roy Andersson
Cast
Holger AnderssonNils WestblomCharlotta LarssonViktor GyllenbergLotti TörnrosJonas GerholmOla StenssonOscar SalomonssonRoger Olsen Likvern
Genres
Comedies, International Comedies, Dramas, International Dramas
Country
Sweden
Language
Swedish
Available
Nov 5 2015
Golden Lion
Venice International Film Festival

Depressing, grim, dark, and compulsively watchable.