A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove)

Certificate 15

(2015) 116 mins

Director: Hannes Holm
Writers: Hannes Holm, from the novel by Fredrik Backman
Cinematography: Göran Hallberg
Production Design: Jan Olof Ågren
Music: Gaute Storaas


59 year old Ove (Rolf Lassgård) is the curmudgeon on the block.  Several years ago he was deposed as president of the residents’  association, but this does not prevent him from keeping a stern and watchful eye on the neighbourhood, when he is not visiting his wife’s grave and contemplating suicide. When pregnant Parvaneh (Bahar Pars) and her family moves into the house across the road and accidentally backs into Ove’s mailbox, it turns out to be the beginning of an unexpected friendship.  A comedy drama about unexpected friendship, love and the importance of surrounding yourself with the proper tools.

In Swedish and Persian with subtitles

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There’s little that’s really unusual about this tale, but it’s beautifully put together. Even lighting and attractive, very geometric framing gives it a slightly old-fashioned quality that perfectly suits the flashbacks to his youth that Ove experiences each time he tries to die. There’s gentle social commentary as we see the gradual breakdown of the old Swedish way of life, with its tightly regimented roles that suited Ove but perhaps kept him from developing friendships. As he gets to know Iranian and gay neighbours and finds that they enrich his life, he acts as a metaphor for a country moving into the modern era and finding its place in the world.”  Eye for Film

The narrative of an elderly man hardened over the grief for a lost spouse is nothing new. Think Up or Gran Torino. It is a simple premise, but in this case it is executed gracefully. . . The film is a character study, and while its title character is not novel, he certainly is sympathetic.  A story of life, love, and aging requires something to keep it from falling into tired cliches. Life, love, and aging are, after all, the three most common themes of fictional narratives.  To accommodate for this, Ove is a tragic character whose unwavering pride gets in the way of having meaningful relationships. While this too is woefully archetypal, the moments where Ove’s thick veneer cracks and his gracious inner nature shows are worth drudging through the mess of conventions. This and the film’s knack for dark comedy make A Man Called Ove something slightly above convention.”  CineFile

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