Rent The Hundred Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2013)

3.5 of 5 from 347 ratings
1h 50min
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Synopsis:
Based on the internationally best-selling novel by Jonas Jonasson, this is the wonderful and unlikely story of a 100-year-old man who decides it's not too late to start over. After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home. A big celebration for his 100th birthday is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested. Instead, he climbs out of a window and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey - involving a gang of criminals, murderers, a suitcase stuffed with cash, an elephant and an incompetent policeman. It would be the adventure of a lifetime for anyone else, but Allan has a larger-than-life back-story.
Not only has Allan witnessed some of the most important events of the twentieth century, but he has actually played a key role in them, including the invention of the atomic bomb and sharing meals and more with everyone from U.S. presidents to Russian tyrants. For a hundred years, Allan Karlsson rattled the world, and now he's on the loose again...
Actors:
, , , , , , , Sven Lönn, , , Simon Säppenen, Manuel Dubra, , ,
Directors:
Producers:
Malte Forssell, Felix Herngren, Henrik Jansson-Schweizer, Patrick Nebout
Writers:
Felix Herngren, Hans Ingemansson, Jonas Jonasson
Others:
Love Larson, Eva von Bahr
Aka:
Hundraåringen som klev ut genom fönstret och försvann
Studio:
StudioCanal
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Comedy
Countries:
Sweden, Top 100 Films, Action & Adventure, Comedy
BBFC:
Release Date:
27/10/2014
Run Time:
110 minutes
Languages:
Swedish
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Interview with Felix Herngren and Robert Gustafsson
  • Making Of
BBFC:
Release Date:
27/10/2014
Run Time:
114 minutes
Languages:
Swedish
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Interview with Felix Herngren and Robert Gustafsson
  • Making Of

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Reviews (6) of The Hundred Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

Quirky and original - The Hundred Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared review by PC

Spoiler Alert
21/11/2014

I enjoyed the novel and was charmed by its ideas and originality. I feel the film has captured the tale well, although the story has been abridges a bit that isn't a bad thing. The film carries the same atmosphere as the novel, the characters are well cast and the story moves at a good pace. It's subtitled, although some passages are in English. For me the subtitles didn't detract from the enjoyment although I did sometimes find them hard to read against changing backgrounds.

2 out of 4 members found this review helpful.

Scandinavian caper movie reminiscent of Forest Gump which loses its way in the second half - The Hundred Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared review by PV

Spoiler Alert
24/03/2015

I enjoyed this film - but found the second half a bit 'jumping the shark'.

The first half however is hilarious, as an old man encounters various random happenings which lead him to be pursued by a gang of heavies and the police: in this it's a bit Ealing Comedy really! Some larger than life characters too make this a treat.

The action is intercut with this man's memories of his oddball life. These episodes - though utterly surreal and farfetched - manage to hang together well and there are some laugh out loud moments. Of course, this will bring to mind Forest Gump (which I hated) or Zelig or Orlando, as the man is shown in his youth in the companies of dictators and presidents etc. But it rattles along fine, and I loved all the explosions too!

Until we move into the second half, where twee silliness and absurd coincidences strained my suspension of disbelief in the characters and story. An East End cockney crime lord living in Bali and his end make this one coincidence too far.

Having said that, it's an unusual and different film, though there is rather a glut of novels at the moment of old people going a-wandering (that Harold Fry book and many others). It seems a subgenre all its own now maybe?

Still, I enjoyed watching it and it was better than I expected - so 4 stars just for that first half.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Simple and lovely - The Hundred Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared review by TB

Spoiler Alert
31/03/2017

I have not read the book so felt 'innocent' to seeing the film, which I prefer to do. Either see the film or read the book otherwise one lands up comparing the two and then work out why the film did not follow the book, etc, etc.

So I found this film lovely. It has quite a simple plot adding characters as the film moves along. I thought the actors did a fine job and the pace of the film was good, slow-ish, as it should be with a hundred year old! The feel of Sweden through buildings and props looked appealing, although I think parts of the film were shot in Hungary and Croatia. However if this had been made in Hollywood, it simply would have been labelled a B rate film as they would not have pulled off the feel that our northern European chums have done.

A previous review mentioned the cockney London villain; I don't know whether that character is in the book but although his dialogue raised the film pace during his part, it might have been better to have had a local villain instead. But never mind! Relax and enjoy it.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

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