A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence

Synopsis: Sam and Jonathan, a pair of hapless novelty salesman, embark on a tour of the human condition in reality and fantasy that unfold in a series of absurdist episodes.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Director(s): Roy Andersson
Production: Magnolia Pictures
  4 wins & 26 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.0
Metacritic:
81
Rotten Tomatoes:
88%
PG-13
Year:
2014
101 min
Website
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STUDIO 24 PRESENTS

A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH

REFLECTING ON EXISTENCE

THE FINAL PART OF A TRILOGY

ABOUT BEING A HUMAN BEING

THREE MEETINGS WITH DEATH

MEETING WITH DEATH NO. 1

MEETING WITH DEATH NO. 2

- Hello.

- Hi.

My mom is in here,

I'm her eldest son.

Your siblings are in there,

and you're welcome to join them.

Thanks a lot,

I'm a little late too.

- No worries.

- Thanks a lot.

- Hello.

- Hello.

How are things progressing?

The doctor said

nothing will happen tonight.

So we could go home,

he said.

What's this? The handbag?

How did she get it?

- Who brought it here?

- I did.

- Why?

- Mom wanted me to.

- What do you mean, "wanted"?

- She wanted me to.

She thinks she can take

the handbag with her to heaven.

Yes, she really wants

to take it with her.

You look drunk.

And you're mean as always.

Well, well.

You know what's in that bag,

don't you?

Sure.

All her jewellery.

Dad's gold watch,

wedding ring

and cuff links.

And I know

there's an envelope, too.

With the money

she made from the car.

- More than $70,000!

- Yes, I know.

There is no way.

We just can't leave it here.

- You have to understand that?

- You're welcome to try.

I know you're going

to heaven, mom.

You were always kind...

just like dad.

He's there now...

waiting for you.

He wasn't allowed

to take his gold watch.

There you go.

You don't get to take this

to heaven, mom.

No, you don't.

It's not allowed.

You will get new jewellery

in heaven.

You don't get to take this!

That's not the way things work!

ENCONTRO COM A MORTE N 3

This doesn't look good.

No.

Is there any use

calling for a helicopter?

No.

He's gone.

We've been trying

to revive him...

for half an hour.

There's just no way.

He's dead as a stone.

Well then,

we'll need a stretcher...

and then take him

to a vacant cabin.

- If there is an empty cabin.

- Yes, there is.

- May I ask a question?

- Go ahead.

What do we do with this now?

What do you mean?

Well, he's already paid.

Good question.

We can't charge for it twice.

- Try giving it away.

- Yes, alright.

Does anybody want this?

A shrimp sandwich

with a draught beer, for free.

I can take the beer.

Go ahead, sir.

Thanks a lot.

Yes.

I'm happy to hear

you're doing fine.

I'm happy to hear

you're doing fine!

Yes.

Well, hello.

Maybe you recognize me.

Some of you might.

I'm a sea captain,

or rather I used to be.

For nearly 15 years....

I captained one of

our larger ferries.

But not anymore.

I had to quit,

because I felt dizzy

every time we left shore.

A form of seasickness,

you could say.

So now I'm here.

The thing is

my sister's husband,

my brother-in-law,

as they call it,

is ill.

He's a hairdresser,

this is his salon.

I've promised

to help him run it

until he feels better.

Try to, at least.

I kind of learned to cut hair

in the military.

It's been many years now,

but I do remember some of it.

I'll try at least.

Do the best I can.

What more can you do?

Hello?

Yes

I'm happy to hear

you're doing fine.

I said I'm happy to hear

you're doing fine!

- Hello, Nathan.

- Hello.

- How are things?

- I shouldn't complain.

- There are people worse off.

- That's true.

I thought you were getting

a haircut?

But you haven't?

- Maybe not.

- Why not?

- I don't want to talk about it.

- Why not?

- I don't feel like it, alright?

- Why are you so angry?

I'm not angry.

Sure you are.

What have I done wrong?

You're acting

like a crybaby again.

What have I done wrong?

What's happened?

Why is he sad?

It's nothing.

He's just a damn crybaby.

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Roy Andersson

Roy Arne Lennart Andersson (born 31 March 1943) is a Swedish film director, best known for A Swedish Love Story (1970) and his "Living trilogy," which includes Songs from the Second Floor (2000), You, the Living (2007) and A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2014). Songs from the Second Floor, more than any other, cemented and exemplified his personal style – which is characterized by long takes, absurdist comedy, stiff caricaturing of Swedish culture and Felliniesque grotesque. He has spent much of his professional life working on advertisement spots, directing over 400 commercials and two short films, but only directing six feature-length films in six decades. His 2014 film A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence won the Golden Lion award at 71st Venice International Film Festival, making Andersson the only Swedish director and the second Nordic director to win the award in the history of the festival, after Danish Carl Theodor Dreyer won in 1955. Andersson is considered one of the most important living European film directors, having four films officially submitted for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film as Swedish entries. more…

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