19 March 2017

"A Man Called Ove"


I watched this movie earlier this week and can unreservedly recommend it.
A Man Called Ove (Swedish: En man som heter Ove, pronounced [ˈuːvɛ]) is a Swedish comedy-drama film... The film was written and directed by Hannes Holm, and is based on author Fredrik Backman's 2012 book of the same name. In the leading role as Ove is Rolf Lassgård. The film was nominated for six awards, winning two, at the 51st Guldbagge Awards in 2016. It was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film and Best Makeup and Hairstyling categories at the 89th Academy Awards.
It's clearly not a Hollywood-style movie, featuring a curmudgeonly older man rather than a superhero, in a story where nothing explodes.  It begins a bit slowly, until the viewer learns a bit of the backstory of the protagonist.  A pleasant diversion for an evening's entertainment.

9 comments:

  1. Hasn't this film already been made - the grumpy guy gets turned nice by a neighbor?

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  2. Great coincidence. Started reading this last night after my wife read and raved about it and the movie is on our list now. Did you see/read 'the 100 year old man who climbed out the bathroom window?' After a few chapters it's reminding me of that.

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  3. And by another coincidence the "man who climbed out the window" was one of the trailers before the Ove movie. It looked interesting, so I requested the DVD from our library and it's now in transit to us on interlibrary loan.

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  4. Elling is another quirky Scandinavian comedy if you're looking for more of that sort of thing. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0279064/

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  5. I'm guessing "Ove" is the Swedish version of the German name "Uwe"?

    Lurker111

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  6. Watched this alone about 6 months ago after being pressured into it by my daughter-in-law. I guessed it would be a typical grumpy old fart story with redemption. I was pleasantly surprised, and happy that no one saw my tears.

    I know why she wanted me to see it and I love her for it.

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  7. So, I watched it last night with my wife and two daughters. It was excellent, and I appreciate the recommendation.
    Not a dry eye in the house.

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  8. Yes, I liked this one as well! More so than The 100-Year Old Man actually (the movie, at least): while both entertaining, the latter seems to try a bit too hard to be quirky; Ove has more of a feel-good vibe to it.

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  9. Am halfway through the book after recommended by a friend. I fell in love pretty quickly with Ove. A curmudgeon, sure, but a man with a simple and admirable way of looking at life and a deep, abiding love for Sonja. Can't wait to finish the story.

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