A MAN CALLED OVE
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 letterbox 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 is shared.
“Lassgård is well suited to the leading role, making Ove’s meanness as delightful as his gradual opening up. As neighbour Parvaneh, Bahar Pars brings joie de vivre but shows us enough rough edges to keep things feeling real. The result is a lighthearted, charming film which people of all ages will enjoy.”
Eye for Film
All movies are manipulative by default; the effectiveness of that manipulation is the more valid measurement to inspect. On that scale, A Man Called Ove is a morbidly funny and moving success.
Holm’s adaptation is a darkly funny, tragic, and ultimately heartwarming tearjerker about the life of one lonely but extraordinary man.
Critics 70% Audience 77%
Critics positive review 90% Audience liked it 81%
Stockbridge Audience: 92.4%
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