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A Man Called Ove

Rated Parental Guidance (Language May Offend) ~ Runs 116 minutes

Dir.: Hannes Holm, Sweden

Rolf Lassgård, Bahar Pars, Ida Engvoll, Filip Berg
In Swedish with English subtitles


European Film Award winner for Best European Comedy; Winner of 5 Film Festival Audience Awards

“A touching comic crowdpleaser that may call for a tissue or two by the end, A Man Called Ove is Swedish director Hannes Holm’s irresistible adaptation of the bestselling novel. 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. After new neighbours accidentally run over his mailbox, the cantankerous old git’s solitary, regimented world is shaken in ways he would never have imagined. Upon first encounter, Ove comes off as one of those annoying, nosy souls found everywhere in the world, the ones who assiduously obey all written instructions and tell you to do so, too. He’s the terror of his suburban neighborhood, where he used to be the chairman of the residents’ association until he was voted out, something that he considers a betrayal and still can’t forgive... Ove is privately mourning the recent death of his adored wife, Sonja, and intends to join her in the cemetery as soon as possible. One of the film’s running jokes is that he’s simply crap at offing himself. But each suicide attempt sparks a long flashback, revealing more and more of his backstory and making him a more sympathetic character. Ultimately, it’s a friendship with the new neighbours – practical, pregnant Parvaneh, her young daughters, and her hopelessly unhandy husband Patrik– that gives Ove a new lease on life. Holm makes poignantly clear that being needed is an essential human desire, and life is so much sweeter when shared with others.” - Alissa Simon, Variety



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May 21