A PI­GEON SAT ON A BRANCH RE­FLECT­ING ON EX­IS­TENCE

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This odd col­lec­tion of 39 vi­gnettes func­tions some­thing like a long, mul­ti­part poem that is very con­scious of its sta­tus as po­etry, as an art film, and as a send-up of art films. The hu­mor of tedium and the specter of death com­bine in wry in­ter­ac­tions linked by a pair of sad-sack sales­men hawk­ing nov­elty items, as well as a mys­te­ri­ous war and a lit­tle bit of time travel. If Steven Soder­bergh and Terry Gil­liam made a film to­gether while de­pressed, it might turn out some­thing like this. Rated PG-13. 101 min­utes. In Swedish with sub­ti­tles. Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts. (Jen­nifer Levin)

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