A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

Swedish filmmaker Roy Andersson delivers the final installment of his “trilogy about being human,” and after watching this 2014 black comedy, you may wish to be something else. Like Songs From the Second Floor (2000) and You, the Living (2007), it’s a loosely interconnected series of deadpan gags, staged in static, minutely composed long shots whose pronounced vanishing points connote infinity, and death. Inhabiting these fiercely beautiful frames are an assortment of fat, lumpish, deathly pale characters whose outsize misery threatens to collapse the movie’s rigid formalism; the key figures are a pair of traveling salesmen with a suitcase full of dopey novelty items, one of whom is sinking fast into a quagmire of despair. Are you laughing yet? In English and subtitled Swedish.