Rent A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2014)

2.9 of 5 from 258 ratings
1h 35min
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Synopsis:
The final part of his highly acclaimed 'Living' trilogy, Roy Andersson's 'A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence' takes another sly, humorous and wholly original look at the absurdity of life. Two travelling salesman who trade novelty items traipse glumly from one joke shop to another failing to make a living, teacher-student relationships repeatedly become inappropriate at a flamenco dance lesson, and King Charles XII of Sweden drops by a bar with an 18th century army in tow, looking for a lover and a modern day peasant to punish.
This is the skewed and unique world of Roy Andersson where disparate segments of humanity are exhibited and coalesce to form a poignant and darkly funny commentary on society and how we should ultimately embrace it.
Actors:
, , Viktor Gyllenberg, , Jonas Gerholm, , Oscar Salomonsson, Roger Olsen Likvern, Mats Ryden,
Directors:
Producers:
Pernilla Sandström
Writers:
Roy Andersson
Others:
Roy Andersson
Aka:
En duva satt på en gren och funderade på tillvaron
Studio:
Artificial Eye Film Company Ltd.
Genres:
Comedy
Countries:
Sweden, Top 100 Films, Comedy
Awards:

2014 Venice Film Festival Golden Lion

BBFC:
Release Date:
13/07/2015
Run Time:
95 minutes
Languages:
Swedish
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.66:1
Colour:
Colour
BBFC:
Release Date:
13/07/2015
Run Time:
99 minutes
Languages:
Swedish
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.66:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B

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Reviews (6) of A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

concern over previous review - A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence review by CK

Spoiler Alert
07/09/2015

I am not a fan of abstract cinema. Not even Monty Python, so I would not normally do a review for this film. However, given the comments in the previous review, bearing in mind that the director was making a political statement I would like to suggest that the use of English (a second language many Swedes understand) to suggest "them and us" in a film made in 2014 after the previous 5+ years of Sweden's relationship with the English speaking world need not be taking as a personal insult.

I do not expect the British media to remind the British of some less glorious moments in British history but that should not be an excuse for forgetting and rewriting history. Therefore, we should allow other nations to deploy the same stance of:-" that is what "THEY" do. "WE" would never do that". As indeed most people would not ..... unless, perhaps, ordered to do so by "THEM" .

The scenes portraying the actions of the Swedish King are not flattering and they precede the scene referred to. I am sure everyone already holds their own personal opinions as to the ethics behind the actions of the people leading certain corporations and armies.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Fatally flawed - A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence review by mizu no oto

Spoiler Alert
22/08/2015

This film won't be everyone's cup of tea. It's slow-moving and fundamentally pointless, which is what you'd expect from absurdist cinema. But for all that I was quite enjoying the short, interlinked scenes, the two salesmen slightly reminiscent of Little Britain's Andy and Lou.

But towards the end of the film I was shocked and sickened by a scene quite out of context with the others. This showed a group of British colonial soldiers whipping and herding African tribespeople into a large brass cylinder, then lighting a fire underneath it. Unlike the rest of the film, the dialogue was in English.

Apparently this was a message about a Swedish company that had, apparently, caused the poisoning of hundreds of people in Chile. The message was lost on me and I was disgusted that the Swedish film-makers chose to depict the soldiers as British instead of Swedish. This sort of thing is expected from Hollywood (such as the church-burning in The Patriot) but to see it coming from Sweden - a country with a pretty shameful wartime history in the 20th century - is intolerable.

1 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Disappointed and confused - A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence review by TJ

Spoiler Alert
25/09/2015

The title of this movie is the only intresting or amusing thing about this movie. After watching the movie it's quite clear that this title could be applied to any movie and would equally apply.

Avoid unless fan of directors work.

0 out of 0 members found this review helpful.

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