A Man Called Ove

A Man Called Ove

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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 moving, humbling film

Under some duress Ove moves from stereotypical, racist cranky old man to a man who becomes considerate of others situations and predicaments. He is led through this transition by new neighbours , particularly the pregnant Parvaneh who seem oblivous to Ove's pedantic grumpiness. A delightful observation of a developing relationship, and the changes it can...

4.0
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A darkly funny portrait of love and grief in a cranky old man.

The cranky old man stereotype is universally found in fairy tales and films and are abundant in real life. They are easy targets to laugh at, pity, or to incite fear, and their grumpiness, loneliness, and declining relevance fuels their image. As if aging itself was not undignified enough, old men are also often depicted as mad or heading in that direction....

4.0
0

You will care for that grumpy old man .

The film is funny, surprising, moving, and even romantic as it unspools Ove’s story. This gentle, delightful film touches on an unexpected range of contemporary issues. In other hands, sentiment could have gotten the better of this film but director Holm keeps enough comic edge to rescue it from that fate, keeping it funny but warm, a little gem that will...

5.0
0
Village Voice

Village Voice

press

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

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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

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

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Stuff

Stuff

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

4.0
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Seattle Times

Seattle Times

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"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

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

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NPR

NPR

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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

press

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

press

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

0
Village Voice

Village Voice

press

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.

0
Variety

Variety

press

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.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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

0
Stuff

Stuff

press

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

4.0
0
Seattle Times

Seattle Times

press

"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.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

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

0
NPR

NPR

press

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.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

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.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

0

A moving, humbling film

Under some duress Ove moves from stereotypical, racist cranky old man to a man who becomes considerate of others situations and predicaments. He is led through this transition by new neighbours , particularly the pregnant Parvaneh who seem oblivous to Ove's pedantic grumpiness. A delightful observation of a developing relationship, and the changes it...

4.0
0

A darkly funny portrait of love and grief in a cranky old man.

The cranky old man stereotype is universally found in fairy tales and films and are abundant in real life. They are easy targets to laugh at, pity, or to incite fear, and their grumpiness, loneliness, and declining relevance fuels their image. As if aging itself was not undignified enough, old men are also often depicted as mad or heading in that...

4.0
0

You will care for that grumpy old man .

The film is funny, surprising, moving, and even romantic as it unspools Ove’s story. This gentle, delightful film touches on an unexpected range of contemporary issues. In other hands, sentiment could have gotten the better of this film but director Holm keeps enough comic edge to rescue it from that fate, keeping it funny but warm, a little gem that will...

5.0
0