Thoroughly charming and beautifully acted Swedish film
- A Man Called Ove review by PW
Ove is a grumpy old man who lives on his own in a small development in Sweden. He has recently lost his wife to cancer and has also lost his job. He is rude to his neighbours and is fanatical about rules and everything being done right. At first Ove seems to be a person that is difficult to like (even though some of his sarcastic comments to other people are very funny).
However, when a young couple with two children move in next door, a friendship slowly develops between Ove and the Iranian wife. We also see flashbacks to Ove's past. It seems he has always been a simple and slightly awkward person, but his love story with his wife is charming, as she sees Ove for the good soul that he really is. We also learn more of the trials and tribulations of Ove's life that go some way to explaining why he is like he is. His relationship with the new family starts to change him and he starts to see life differently.
There is a lot to like about this film. The character of Ove is wonderfully acted by top Swedish actor Rolf Lassgard and Bahar Pars as Parvenah is great as Ove's saviour. The film is very funny in parts, and also very touching. It is the type of film that will make you smile and at the same time bring a tear to your eye.
Highly recommended by me.
8 out of 8 members found this review helpful.
- A Man Called Ove review by RP
Although meant to be a comedy, it has some sad moments.
Well acted and easy to watch, it probably will ring a bell with those of us who have reached the 'Grumpy Old Man' stage in life.
5 out of 5 members found this review helpful.
- A Man Called Ove review by PE
An excellent gentle movie.
Ove is a grumpy and pedantic old man and until the end of the movie the viewer doesn't get to understand why. However I felt for him and some of his sarcastic retorts are truly funny.
A moving story about loneliness.
5 out of 6 members found this review helpful.
This film makes me want to read the book...the highest compliment there is.
- A Man Called Ove review by PV
I really enjoyed this film - except when the subtitles stuck at the 113th minute! I rewinded and fastforwarded and they worked again. Why? No idea! But so glad they did.
The reasons I am giving this 4 not 5 stars are: 1) it's a tad overlong; 2) some places are just too sentimental.
I don't mind sentimentality though or moving films, and this film is moving and funny and sad. And some lines are really clever and funny - the character development is excellent too.
Should have one best foreign film Oscar in its year.
The best compliment I can make about this film is that it makes me want to read the book!
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.