November 2016_by Luisa Pagani
A pigeon sat on a branch reflecting on existence, the film that won in Venice in 2014, is the final chapter of the Roy Andersson trilogy "about being a human being" with Songs from the second floor which won Cannes jury price, and You, the Living, released in 2000 and 2007. With a longtime boardproduction, completed with his faithful crew, in his Filmproduktion/Studio 24, Roy completed few films among which only the last one was recorded digitally. The choice of recording mostly on film is linked to an aesthetic reason, to the depth and the flavour of the image. During is making hisfilms, Roy Andersson let his crew be part of the whole process, leaving the project open to any (also creative) changes.
The aesthetics of his films, as expected, and is often taken as an example by fashion photographers, it is characterized by the depth and the aseptic, cold colour palette. Behind a refined aesthetics, the Andersson's films are imbued with contents that they want to shake and make the viewer ponder. The films are a consecutive of long-takes (39 in the last film) in which slowly concepts and high-impact scenes emerge. A non-negligible feature is a subtle irony and a taste for the grotesque that remain aconstantbasic characteristics of Andersson's director view. A Swedish love story is one of the first films of the director, presented at the Berlin festivalin 1970, in which the characters are two young guys who, besides being the protagonists of the story, embody an aesthetic that is use in music video-clip, as may be the case of Grow Old With Me by the young singer Tom Odell.