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Toronto International Film Festival 2014 Roy Andersson’s A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

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Toronto International Film Festival 2014: Roy Andersson’s A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
Toronto International Film Festival 2014: Roy Andersson’s A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

Swedish filmmaker/comic dioramist Roy Andersson first film since 2007’s You, the Living, A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence wraps up an informal, existentialist trilogy with that film and 2000’s Songs from the Second Floor. Like those films, Pigeon is defined by a rigidly formal style with a color palette of light goldenrod and egg white and multiplanar compositions that pack visual gags behind foregrounded action. Even the title speaks to the director’s paradoxical blend of the ornate and dryly blunt, and the film plays its hand when a character alludes to the title about halfway into the film but replaces “existence” with “money,” suggesting a thematic equation of the two.