A Man Called Ove (2016 Swedish Comedy-Drama Film)
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  • If you know how to find them then you are lucky
  • Usually, the best way to get started is to look for the nominees of Best Foreign-Language Film at the Oscars, they have a wide variety to choose from
  • I think the film's runtime of almost 2 hours is really perfect
  • It's not entirely slow-pace, which is surprising for a movie of its length, instead it gives enough time for other subplots to grow and make us care for other characters in the movie other than Ove
  • It's very funny at times too which should help, but when it makes you cry it will really make you cry so beware


by Laudemhir Jan Parel

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    There are hidden treasures from the film industries of other countries. If you know how to find them then you are lucky. Usually, the best way to get started is to look for the nominees of Best Foreign-Language Film at the Oscars, they have a wide variety to choose from. Sweden’s entry to this category last year is an adaptation of Fredrik Backman’s novel “A Man Called Ove”. It’s a very heartwarming tale about discovering the past of an old man in a way of understanding why he is the way he is.
  • A Man Called Ove (2016 Swedish Comedy-Drama Film)
  • The movie is directed by Hannes Holm, written for the screen by Holm based on the same novel by Fredrik Backman. It has a huge cast. Primarily in the lead role is Rolf Lassgard as Ove, Bahar Pars as Parvaneh, Ida Engvoll as Sonja, and Tobias Almborg as Patrick.

    The movie follows the life of an old Ove who was demoted from their home owners association as Chairman, but he insisted on imposing the rules in their neighborhood and everyone who gets in his way gets a very harsh insult from him. Pretty much everyone stayed away from him until Parvaneh’s family decided to move to the neighborhood fronting Ove’s house. Parvaneh begins to unravel Ove’s mysterious life and discovers a past that’s worth telling in the movie screen.

  • A Man Called Ove (2016 Swedish Comedy-Drama Film)
  • Ove’s story is very compelling. This is the kind of movie that benefits in the use of flashbacks instead of a straight-forward narrative. In this manner we get to ponder ourselves with questions, “Why is Ove acting this way?”, “Did something bad happen?”, “Was he like this before?” - questions which are all explored in flashbacks, giving us answers that are sometimes more than enough to make us care for Ove’s unlikable character. This use of flashback is a screenplay trick that is often misused, but in the case here, it is used very effectively.

  • A Man Called Ove (2016 Swedish Comedy-Drama Film)
  • I think the film’s runtime of almost 2 hours is really perfect. It’s not entirely slow-pace, which is surprising for a movie of its length, instead it gives enough time for other subplots to grow and make us care for other characters in the movie other than Ove. We get to care for the neighbors in the neighborhood, even the cat who waits by his doorstep for food, or the characters from Ove’s past. Enough time is also given to explore Ove’s childhood and adulthood, which really adds to the richness of his old character.

  • A Man Called Ove (2016 Swedish Comedy-Drama Film)
  • The performances are very laudable. Lassgard’s portrayal of an old Ove can be seen as great as he has embodied a suffering old man trying to pour his anger to the world around him, even the people around him. But it is when his character is compassionate and restrained that makes his performance very worthy of note. Ove’s wife Sonja is very commendable as well, she has made me tear up for a couple of scenes for her very humanistic features which is portrayed perfectly by Ingvall.

  • A Man Called Ove (2016 Swedish Comedy-Drama Film)
  • The movie’s aesthetic could be mistaken for a Hollywood movie, it’s very well composed. The music is very memorable and the choice of songs seem to perfectly fit the mood for the film too. It could have benefit from more serious camera movements or cinematography techniques and make it look like it is a serious movie, but instead there’s some gimmick to it that I think hindered from being actually serious and important.

    To conclude I really want to recommend this film to anyone searching for a very heart-warming movie. It’s the kind that immediately pulls you in and makes you involve in the lives of its characters - and never lets that attention falter until the end of the movie. It’s very funny at times too which should help, but when it makes you cry it will really make you cry so beware. If you have never seen foreign-language films because you see them as inferior to hollywood-quality movies then start with this, it’ll make you change your mind.



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