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. A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH REFLECTING ON EXISTENCE 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 LIVING TRILOGY, of which A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH REFLECTING ON EXISTENCE is the third 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.
Certificate: 12A Comedy | Drama | World
Dir. Roy Andersson, Sweden/Rest Of The World, 2014, 101 mins, some subtitles
Cast: Holger Andersson, Nils Westblom, Viktor Gyllenberg,Lotti Törnros, Jonas Gerholm, Ola Stensson