- A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence review by CP Customer
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.
3 out of 6 members found this review helpful.
concern over previous review
- A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence review by CK
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 4 members found this review helpful.
Disappointed and confused
- A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence review by TJ
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.
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful.