A Man Called Ove

A Man Called Ove

A Man Called Ove

Swedish comedy-drama starring Rolf Lassgård as a grumpy old retiree who develops an unlikely new friendship. Based on Fredrik Backman's novel of the same name.

"This irresistible adaptation of Fredrik Backman’s bestseller is the heart-warming story of how the most short-tempered and stubborn of men is slowly won over by new neighbours." (Edinburgh International Film Festival)

2015Rating: M, Offensive language & suicide116 minsSwedenSwedish and Persian with English subtitles
ComedyDramaWorld Cinema

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A Man Called Ove / Reviews

Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

It's emotionally manipulative, but its two leads find a core of humanity even in the most calculating plot machinations.

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Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune

Lassgard (is)... rock steady without being predictable, or falling into easy caricature, even when the movie veers that way.

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Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

A darkly funny, tragic, and ultimately heartwarming tearjerker ...

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

(Holm's) grip on the film's tricky, tragicomic tone is masterful.

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FilmInk

FilmInk

Beautifully explores the life of (a) neighbourhood’s resident old grump...

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Keeps the maudlin to a minimum and plays the black comedy just right.

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

Not a film to change your view of the world or anything like that, but certainly a pleasant enough sit.

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Village Voice

Village Voice

A Man Called Ove - preaching tolerant togetherness as the key to happiness - earns its sentimentality by striking a delicate balance between barking-mad comedy and syrupy melodrama.

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Variety

Variety

It's a heartwarming tale about a stubborn, short-tempered man with steadfast beliefs, strict routines and the feeling that everyone around him is an idiot - and no reticence about telling them so.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Good-hearted stuff, to be sure, but mainly of interest to lovers of cinematic comfort food.

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Stuff

Stuff

A bittersweet tale of love, regret and letting go, A Man Called Ove is both heart-wrenching and heart-warming.

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Seattle Times

Seattle 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.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

A winning combo of black comedy and melancholic melodrama with a Scandinavian twist or three.

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NPR

NPR

This modest dramedy, deftly directed by Hannes Holm from the best-selling novel by Fredrik Backman, is as sweetly sincere as it is market-driven, with gusts of saving black comedy rolling in to rescue it from excess goo.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles 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.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Holm assumes the audience requires ample evidence of Ove's goodness, and the film loses its footing in backstory melodrama.

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