A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH REFLECTING ON EXISTENCE

ROY ANDERSON

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After 2000’s Songs from the Second Floor and 2007’s You, The Living, the inestimable Roy Andersson now presents what he calls “the final part of a trilogy about what it means to be a human being”. As with the earlier films, A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence consists of meticulously composed tableaux in which a large cast of characters endure life’s travails, shot through with an absolutely bone dry sense of humour and of the absurd that finds hilarity in the mundane, making for a unique style of comedy.

However, Andersson’s real genius is in creating profound resonance with the lightest of touches – the context given to the familiar, mechanical recitation “you have no messages” produces a heartbreaking depiction of loneliness, while a wordless sequence close to the end is a remarkable articulation of rage at the legacy of colonialism. (Notes by Kevin Coyne)

Winner of a Dublin Film Critics Circle SPECIAL JURY PRIZE at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2015.

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★★★★★ The Guardian ★★★★★ The Irish Times ★★★★★ Entertainment.ie

100 minutes. Sweden-Norway-France-Germany, 2014, Subtitled, Colour, D-Cinema

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