Tuesday, June 2, 2015

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

The third film in the triology by Roy Andersson, APSOABROE is maybe the darkest and most enigmatic. What is it about? Uhm.. The broken dream of Scandinavia? There's less of a story here than in Songs from the Second Floor, which is still his masterpiece. The closest we get to main characters is a pair of novelty salesmen who keep turning up. As usual with Andersson each scene is one long take filmed with a static camera. There is one particulary long and complicated scene that involves horses and soldiers marching. You almost wish there would be a number in the corner of the screen at the end of each scene, showing how many takes it took to get it right.


  1. One of the best film i've watch this year. Follow by "A girl walk home alone at night".

    1. Haven't seen that one. Will have to check it out.

    2. There are still parts im trying to figure out (like the scene in the tavern). But overall it was something very special and I hope we don't have to wait another 7 years for more work from this director.
      I wonder if he got funeral directors to do everyones makeup :)