A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

Roy Andersson (2014)

12A Certificate


Our Score
This long-windedly titled film is the last component, after Songs from the Second Floor and You, the Living, in Swedish director Roy Andersson's trilogy, but don't worry if you haven't seen the first two. There's no ongoing story that links them together - indeed, the films themselves hardly have any story to speak of at all. Instead, Andersson presents a series (37, to be exact) of highly stylised and carefully composed tableaus (the camera never moves) in which everything is in focus like a hyper-realist painting. Sometimes funny things happen and sometimes creepy things happen, and there are a few recurring characters such as a pair of salesmen hawking novelty items. However, the best way to enjoy this is not to search for coherence or unity but to just let it wash over you and embrace the weirdness, aptly described by one writer as a cross between Monty Python and Samuel Beckett.


Two bickering travelling salesmen wander the country, trying and failing to sell a range of joke shop products and having a series of strange encounters with people who give them a taste of the darker side of human existence. Comedy, starring Holger Andersson and Nils Westblom. In Swedish and English.

Cast & Crew

Sam Nils Westblom
Jonathan Holger Andersson
waitress Charlotta Larsson
Charles XII Viktor Gyllenberg
Director Roy Andersson

Other Information

Language: Swedish, English +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: Curzon Film WorldGuidance: Violence.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 24 Apr 2015