Directed by Hannes Holm
116 min | 2015 | Sweden | PG-13
Presented in Swedish with English subtitles
Cast: Rolf Lassgård, Filip Berg, Ida Engvoll, and Bahar Pars
Stepping from the pages of Fredrik Backman’s international best-selling novel, Ove is the quintessential angry old man next door. An isolated retiree with strict principles and a short fuse, who spends his days enforcing block association rules that only he cares about, and visiting his wife’s grave, Ove has given up on life. Enter a boisterous young family next door who accidentally flattens Ove’s mailbox while moving in and earning his special brand of ire. Yet from this inauspicious beginning an unlikely friendship forms and we come to understand Ove’s past happiness and heartbreaks. What emerges is a heartwarming tale of unreliable first impressions and the gentle reminder that life is sweeter when it’s shared.
One of Sweden’s biggest locally-produced box office hits ever, director Hannes Holm finds the beating heart of his source material and Swedish star Rolf Lassgård, whose performance won him the Best Actor award at the 2016 Seattle International Film Festival, affectingly embodies the lovable curmudgeon Ove.
Nominated: Best Foreign Language Film–2017 Academy Awards
“…a breathless movie.” – John Hartl, Seattle Times
“A smooth, methodical black comedy… Hearts will warm, and tears may fall.” – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
“A morbidly funny and moving success. Director Holm’s grip on the film’s tricky, tragicomic tone is masterful.” – Odie Henderson, RogerEbert.com
“The dopes saying that movies are dead haven’t seen the moving, tender ‘A Man Called Ove.’” – Nick Schager, Village Voice