The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

Swedish comedy based on the 2009 novel of the same name, about the life and times of a dynamite expert and the unlikely events following his escape from an old folk's home on his 100th birthday.

On his 100th birthday, Allan Karlsson (Robert Gustafsson) sits quietly in his room in an old people's home, waiting for the party he-never-wanted-anyway to begin. The Mayor is going to be there. The press is going to be there. But, as it turns out, Allan is not… He climbs out of his bedroom window, into the flowerbed (in his slippers) and makes his getaway. As we get a glimpse into Allan's past, we discover that this centenarian has unwittingly played a part in some of mankind's most historical moments.

2013Rating: M114 minsSwedenSwedish and English with English subtitles
ComedyDramaWorld Cinema

Reviews & comments

Flicks, Liam Maguren

Flicks, Liam Maguren

flicks

A comedy with humour as absurd as the length of its title, 100-Year-Old Man is difficult to describe in a single sentence. However, I’ll give it a go: it’s a Swedish sandwich containing slices of Forrest Gump, Snatch and any single Monty Python film. Though it only takes quarter measures of what makes those films great, the result is still a unique and amusing – if a tad overlong – summation of an impulse-driven man’s life.

3.0

Dry humor

The dry humor within makes me laugh for a little bit, but the lack of depth in characters and the simple adding of events really prove to be mediocre.

3.0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Might not always make sense, but is never dull.

3.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

An amiable mess.

2.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

This picaresque European fantasy has an element of knockabout black comedy that can't conceal its Sweet'N Low taste of sentimentality and whimsy.

2.0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

You’ll often smile in amusement, but there’s something worrying about a character who reduces a spell in the Soviet gulags to a few sly gags.

3.0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

Misty-eyed and faux mischievous nostalgia romp.

2.0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

An absurdist escapade that's quirky fun but not as side-splitting as it thinks it is.

3.0
Flicks, Liam Maguren

Flicks, Liam Maguren

flicks

A comedy with humour as absurd as the length of its title, 100-Year-Old Man is difficult to describe in a single sentence. However, I’ll give it a go: it’s a Swedish sandwich containing slices of Forrest Gump, Snatch and any single Monty Python film. Though it only takes quarter measures of what makes those films great, the result is still a unique and amusing – if a tad overlong – summation of an impulse-driven man’s life.

3.0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Might not always make sense, but is never dull.

3.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

An amiable mess.

2.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

This picaresque European fantasy has an element of knockabout black comedy that can't conceal its Sweet'N Low taste of sentimentality and whimsy.

2.0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

You’ll often smile in amusement, but there’s something worrying about a character who reduces a spell in the Soviet gulags to a few sly gags.

3.0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

Misty-eyed and faux mischievous nostalgia romp.

2.0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

An absurdist escapade that's quirky fun but not as side-splitting as it thinks it is.

3.0

Dry humor

The dry humor within makes me laugh for a little bit, but the lack of depth in characters and the simple adding of events really prove to be mediocre.

3.0