A pigeon sat on a branch reflecting on existence - Roy Anderson (2014)
The third and final film in Anderson's Beckettian description of what it is to be a human; lack of communication, lack of authenticity and ultimate estrangedness. This is witty, but mostly sad stories of our lives. The important questions in Anderson's movies is: 1) How do we react when we meet death and suppression, the most inevitable aspects of life?
2) How bad isn't it to be out of tune with our basic needs?
The palette, the make-up and the camera is the same as the two other movies ('You, the living' and ' Songs from the second floor'). Pale interiors, stationary camera and stylized acting creates this ambivalence feeling; so strange and at the same time so familiar.
The movie does not give us any solution, though it has a lot of hope; there are scenes with real contact and real communication; it is when people are able to leave or forget their given roles in society. And then there is hope in humor; it can be a relief from tension.
But most of all the hope is in art, that it is possible to formulate the pain of being human, Thus the movie is not a critique of unhealthy structures or suppression, but a critique of humans not being able to defend themselves any better. This gives me a rather bitter taste in the mouth after watching this movie; is Roy Anderson mocking people for not doing better up against very strong forces? I think he could have done better if he's show more empathy and understanding with people's struggle with their lives.
But a beautiful movie it is. And a piece of art that is fully cinematic.