A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (Original Swedish title: En duva satt på en gren och funderade på tillvaron) is a 2014 film by the Swedish maitre Roy Andersson which won him Leone d'Oro on the Venice film festival of the same year.
It is a freewheeling film mostly revolving around the misadventures of two roaming salesmen, Sam and Jonothan. However it is not limited to them.
- Arc Words: "I'm happy to hear you're doing fine."
- Author Filibuster: A scene near the end where the black people are burnt by the European colonialists is somewhat anvilicious.
- Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The entrance of Carolus Rex himself in the bar.
- Black Comedy: The driest kind possible.
- Butt-Monkey: Sam for Jonothan
- Inspired by...: Bicycle Thieves of all things.
- Intentionally Awkward Title: You could say that Overly Long Title can come off as pompous - then it is dropped by a little girl in a poem she wrote.
- Leave the Camera Running: As usual with Andersson, an omnipresent trope here. Each scene finishes five seconds after it is supposed to be finished. The camera lingers on numerous occasions.
- Overly Long Title: It was inspired by the famous Bruegel the elder painting.
- Random Events Plot: The closest thing to a story this has (Sam and Jonothan trying to sell joke articles) doesn't really go anywhere, and there are plenty of scenes that can best be described as individual sketches.
- Severely Specialized Store
- So Unfunny, It's Funny: Sam and Jonothan sell joke articles. People do not find them funny at all, which always leads to a hilariously awkward silence.
- Title Drop: The title "A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence" is pronounced by a mentally handicapped girl from the stage where she acts in an amateur show for her mates. When she is asked what the pigeon reflects about she answers: "that he does not have any money."
- The Woobie: Jonothan.