Magnolia Pictures | Release Date: June 3, 2015
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smartmartNov 8, 2015
Full of beauty and hilarity, this is a film that certainly isn't for everybody, but I definitely enjoyed it! There are so many great comic moments, as well as a wonderful emotional side. Watch the trailer, if you don't think it looks good toFull of beauty and hilarity, this is a film that certainly isn't for everybody, but I definitely enjoyed it! There are so many great comic moments, as well as a wonderful emotional side. Watch the trailer, if you don't think it looks good to you, then you probably won't enjoy it. Expand
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EdgarReviewsJun 27, 2015
My first experience of Roy Andersson, and boy is it a good one. A Pigeon presents the best kind of funny, the best kind of melancholy, the best kind of downright disturbing; it's an extraordinary depiction of the human condition, of humanMy first experience of Roy Andersson, and boy is it a good one. A Pigeon presents the best kind of funny, the best kind of melancholy, the best kind of downright disturbing; it's an extraordinary depiction of the human condition, of human endeavor. Captured perfectly, each frame looking as if it were plucked out of a painting, Andersson has the ability to turn the mundane into the magnificent. Expand
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joehavermannJan 2, 2016
*MILD-TO-NONEXISTENT SPOILERS: Describes a couple of the stories, but
in the type of depth that you'd expect from a traditional newspaper
review* A man half-heartedly looks at a series of exhibits in a museum before pausing with mild
*MILD-TO-NONEXISTENT SPOILERS: Describes a couple of the stories, but
in the type of depth that you'd expect from a traditional newspaper
review*

A man half-heartedly looks at a series of exhibits in a museum before
pausing with mild interest at a pigeon on a branch: it's dead,
obviously. In the distance is a skeleton of a dinosaur, ancestor to the
modern bird. So begins this extraordinarily dry, Swedish existentialist
comedy – a collection of vignettes that poke fun at the absurdity of
the human condition. In an early scene, a man lies dead on the floor of
a cafeteria that looks like it's located in an airport. Unfortunately,
the EMT reports, the man cannot be revived. But this creates a dilemma
because, as the cashier explains to the authorities, the man had just
paid for a beer and a shrimp sandwich. Yes, the authorities agree, it
would be unethical to charge people for a meal that has already been
paid for. And so the cashier calls out to the gawking onlookers: "Would
anyone like a shrimp sandwich? Or a beer? It's free." I don't think I'm
ruining anything when I say that arguably the film's crescendo is a
debate among people standing at a bus stop over what day of the week it
is. The stories are told with extreme irreverence, and at times they
tread into the surreal. They are so thematically similar that the work
feels more like a feature-length film than a series of shorts. This
film is an example of the sum being greater than the whole of its
parts. Told individually, the stories are funny, but taken together,
they create a film that is thought-provoking and strangely moving.
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RonWillisJan 6, 2017
I believe a few people will think this film brilliant, and a lot of people will think it is nonsense. I tend to lean toward thinking it is brilliant. In a film where it seems not much is really happening, what does happen happens so oddly asI believe a few people will think this film brilliant, and a lot of people will think it is nonsense. I tend to lean toward thinking it is brilliant. In a film where it seems not much is really happening, what does happen happens so oddly as to become beautiful. I was mesmerized. Expand
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