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TIFF 2014: With 'Pigeon,' director Roy Andersson goes out on a limb
TIFF 2014: With 'Pigeon,' director Roy Andersson goes out on a limb

Cult director Roy Andersson was sitting at his kitchen table in Stockholm, struggling to come up with an idea for a script, when he noticed a pigeon on his window sill. “Immediately I thought. ‘Does he have problems too? Maybe he also is having trouble formulating a script,’” Andersson recalled. “It looks like easy living, but maybe it isn’t.” That whimsical musing captures the sensibility, though hardly the full breadth, of Andersson’s new film, titled after that sideways bit of inspiration. “A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence” is a blackly comic collection of 39 vignettes that examines the absurdity of ordinary...

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