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Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, A (12A)

Comedy, Drama

A story centered on a pair of traveling salesmen who peddle novelty items.

The critical consensus

If Chris Morris had grown up in Sweden watching Jacques Tati and Ingmar Bergman films, he might be making films like this. Based on Andersson’s mordantly funny observations about the human condition, the pigeon has it pretty good.

****(*)David Hughes, Empire Online, 20/04/2015

One of the strangest films you’ll see this (or any) year, it unsettles, bores, elates and amuses in equal measure. Not for everyone, but there’s plenty to chew on.

***(*)(*)James Mottram, Total Film, 20/04/2015

Modern life may indeed be rubbish but Andersson communicates that sentiment with a certain amount of sorrow and an awful lot of style.

****(*)Emma Simmonds, The List, 20/04/2015

What an incredible film-maker Andersson is – he has created an entirely unique epic movie-cycle that has to be seen to be believed.

*****Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 23/04/2015

The film is perceptive in its depiction of human behaviour.

****(*)Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 24/04/2015

Caps off one of the greatest trilogies ever made.

*****David Ehrlich, Little White Lies, 23/04/2015

he results are often very droll, but the cumulative effect is strangely poignant, underscoring the vibrancy of life, but also the despair that comes from passively shuffling through it.

***(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 25/04/2015

Roy Andersson’s surreal black comedy moves from hilarious to horrifying in the conclusion of his existential trilogy.

****(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 26/04/2015

Features about Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, A (12A)

"I cannot compete with ABBA": A conversation with Roy Andersson

David Jenkins, Little White Lies, 21/04/2015

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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