Friday, February 22, 2019

Samba: unconfirmed pigeons in Paris.

Title: Samba
Year:  2014
Director:  Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano
Running time: 115 min.
Country: France

This film depicts the tough life of an illegal immigrant (Samba) in Paris, how he is forced to accept all kinds of jobs to survive in the city and how he falls in love with Alice (Charlotte Gainsbourg). Although we empathize with Samba, the reality is that we are only focused on pigeon appearances in the film, so we will skip describing his adventures. There are two scenes related to pigeons. The first one occurs when the police scramble onto some scaffolding to catch the immigrants, Samba and his friends escape running on the roofs of buildings. When Samba is leaving a roof hatch we can hear pigeons cooing and see a feather next to the window (red arrow in the screen shot). Of course, this does not count, it is a near miss.

A small feather (pointed at by the red arrow) next to Samba, the film's protagonist.

The second scene is more explicit: Samba is talking with his uncle, who is in depressed because he has lost his job.

In this picture we can see Samba's uncle's sadness.
Samba is trying to encourage him to start a new project and is getting dressed for a date with his girlfriend. In the background we can observe a tv playing a documentary and some birds (unconfirmed pigeons) flying way. We would have to find out the documentary's name to clearly discern where they are pigeons or other birds.

Samba is getting dressed. We can observe the tv on the right side of the screenshot. 

Here we can see the tv with more detail. Some unconfirmed pigeons appear. 

Details of the pigeon starring 

  • Source: Samba. Starring moment: 1:21:10 and 1:40:26
  • Pigeon activity: A flock of unconfirmed pigeons fly away, probably scared by the camera. 
  • Symbolism: None, they represent wild animals.
  • Relevance: Low, they are part of a tv documentary that Samba's sad uncle is watching. It is not clear whether this documentary helps him to feel better. 
  • Training level: None. They are wild animals. 


  1. Samba: Unconfirmed Pigeons in Paris is a delightful and whimsical exploration of urban wildlife that captures the essence of the city's charm. The film skillfully weaves together the beauty of Parisian landscapes with the lighthearted antics of these unconfirmed pigeons, creating a heartwarming narrative that resonates with viewers of all ages. The cinematography is enchanting, showcasing the iconic landmarks of Paris in a fresh and endearing light. Samba's portrayal of the pigeons adds a touch of magic to the everyday, celebrating the often overlooked creatures that coexist with us in urban environments. This cinematic gem invites us to appreciate the simple joys of city life and fosters a renewed connection with the nature that surrounds us. A truly uplifting and enchanting experience that leaves audiences with a smile and a newfound appreciation for the unexplored wonders hidden in plain sight.

  2. Hey Pigeon Enthusiasts, I stumbled upon an intriguing collection of simulation images that caught my eye, especially considering our ongoing discussions about urban wildlife. They add a thought-provoking element to our discourse on pigeons in Paris. As we explore the unconfirmed samba of pigeons, these images offer a fresh perspective on the intersection of nature and simulation. Take a moment to peruse the collection, and I'd love to hear your thoughts. Let's keep this conversation lively and diverse!