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A Man Called Ove

  • Starring: Rolf Lassgård, Bahar Pars, Filip Berg, Chatarina Larsson, Johan Widerberg
  • Director: Hannes Holm
  • Genre(s): Drama, Comedy
  • Languages: Swedish, Persian
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Running Time: 116 min.

Stepping from the pages of Frederik Backman’s international best selling novel, Ove is the quintessential angry old man next door. An isolated retiree with strict principles and a short fuse, who spends his days enforcing block association rules that only he cares about, and visiting his wife’s grave, Ove has given up on life. Enter a boisterous young family next door who accidentally flattens Ove’s mailbox while moving in and earning his special brand of ire. Yet from this inauspicious beginning an unlikely friendship forms and we come to understand Ove’s past happiness and heartbreaks.

"A Man Called Ove starts out gruff and unlikable and more than a bit stereotypical. Then it opens up and becomes something of an epic about ordinary life, touching, funny and engrossing."
- Tom Long, Detroit News
"A darkly funny, tragic, and ultimately heartwarming tearjerker about the life of one lonely but extraordinary man."
- Devan Coggan, Entertainment Weekly
"Holm tweaks expectations with the way he presents the material, and his grip on the film's tricky, tragicomic tone is masterful."
- Odie Henderson,
"Good-hearted stuff, to be sure, but mainly of interest to lovers of cinematic comfort food."
- Glenn Kenny, New York Times
"A Man Called Ove has some tear-jerking moments, but the film is so carefully designed - with long, circular takes that seem to surround the main characters at crucial fateful points - that technique often triumphs over sentimentality."
- John Hartl, Seattle Times
"Incorporating fluid flashbacks and snippets of narration that refreshingly serve to enhance rather than distract, director-writer Hannes Holm maintains a gentle, lyrical flow while coaxing fine performances from a diverse cast."
- Michael Rechtshaffen, Los Angeles Times