A Somewhat Gentle Man (2011)
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Ulrik (Stellan Skarsgård) is a somewhat gentle man. He has no special wishes and makes no demands. He does not give too much thought to what he does either. If he's given some food and a place to sleep, he will give people what they want in return. Whether this be a little affection or a killing. Ulrik has killed some people and crippled a few. It's all part of the job when you're a gangster. Just like doing time. Now Ulrik is out again. Reluctantly... And Jensen is waiting on the outside. He's
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Skarsgard, who is perhaps best known for "Good Will Hunting" and "Breaking the Waves," makes the most of his rich role, imbuing Ulrik with a knockabout charm.
"A Somewhat Gentle Man'' is welcome, in part because Skarsgård is almost the whole show but also because the actor doesn't use the role as an excuse to put on a big performance - to do more. On the contrary, he quite wonderfully does less.
Only an actor of Skarsgard's resources could do so little and make such a big impression.
Like the Coen brothers at their least convincing, the mix of low-grade depression and amped quirkiness never shakes off the feel of self-conscious posturing.
Every stunted, turnip-faced character is dressed for maximum drabness, and the only time the sky isn't drily gray is when it's wet with rain or snow. But Skarsgard's utter finesse in the role provides a satisfying warmth.
Hans Petter Moland's film is either a jack of all trades, master of none -- well-rounded but unclear in its overall intentions -- or an experiment in balance whose results are difficult to ascertain.
...a quiet film full of quirky details (a Lappish arms dealer and his dwarf sidekick; the Polish version of Dancing with the Stars on Ulrik's tiny television set), and a worthy addition to the noir comedy genre...
Like many films from this perennially sun- deprived part of the world, "A Somewhat Gentle Man" mixes light and dark humor and sexual candor with an entrenched sense of world-weariness and despair.
Skarsgård's performance is a tragicomic wonder, and a rare chance for him to show his gifts at feature length.
Often engaging with just the right balance of poignancy and comedy, although it takes a while for it to gather dramatic momentum. Skarsgård delivers a convincingly heartfelt performance.
Man has the confidence of knowing exactly where it wants to go, and when it wants to arrive; however, you may be just as familiar with the territory as the driver.
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