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Let's say it's a Saturday night in New York and you want to go to the movies. For this example, let's pretend you've already taken in Melissa McCarthy hilariously giving Daniel Craig a run for his money in Paul Feig's Spy, as everyone should. And let's also "pretend" that the sight of five over-the-hill white guys resurrecting their not-even-remotely-missed HBO show does nothing for you, as it should. You've consulted our trusted weekend guide but you've either seen it all or just can't work out the times.
What do you do?
Why not try Roy Andersson's brilliantly-made (and brilliantly-titled) A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, an ace collection of bitingly droll vignettes that just so happened to beat out Birdman for the Golden Lion at this past year's Venice Film Festival?
Pigeon, whose hysterical trailer you can watch above, is the third and final film in the "living" trilogy from the acclaimed Swedish absurdist Andersson. In his previous trilogy films -- 2000's Songs from the Second Floor and 2007's You, the Living, both of which more than hold up and are totally worth seeking out -- Andersson found the wicked, humanist hilarity in drably prosaic everyday scenarios, all told using a short-storytelling technique that Andersson continues to gleefully mordant perfection in Pigeon.
Currently playing in New York at Film Forum and Lincoln Plaza Cinemas, Pigeon is too ingenious to be missed by world cinema lovers, but it's also worth a look for those who might be turned off when they hear the phrase "Swedish vignette collection." Do not fear the subtitle, people! Take a chance on Pigeon! Because whether or not you love it or hate it, you can at least say with total assurance that there is nothing else out right now that's even remotely like it. And how cool is that?