Overall Rating: 4/5
August 26, 2016
Dir. Hannes Holm
Rated PG-13 (for thematic content, some disturbing images, and language)
A Man Called Ove manages to balance tragedy and comedy very well. The quirky film is unique enough to keep you interested and perhaps even unable to guess exactly which direction the plot will move in next.
Ove tells the story of a troubled and grumpy old man named Ove (played by Swedish actor Rolf Lassgard) and his interactions with his neighbors. The film immediately reminded me very much of Eastwood’s Gran Tarino (it hits a lot of the same notes). And like that film, the lead actor’s performance steals the show. Lassgard portrays a character that while stubborn and cold, is also difficult not to understand.
The film is an adaptation of a book of the same name, which I have heard is better than the film. So go check out this Swedish gem, and if you’re a reader start with the book!