A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove) (2016)
Critic Consensus: A Man Called Ove's winsome sincerity -- and Rolf Lassgård's affectingly flinty performance in the title role -- keep it from succumbing to excess sentimentality.
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Critic Reviews for A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove)
It starts well, but the deadpan humor quickly runs out of gas.
The moving twists and turns of the love story and the bright comedy elevate an otherwise familiar story line. The mix of genres works, too.
Lassgård won't let you off easy: A scene in which Ove weeps hopelessly before the magnitude of his loneliness will bring tears to the eyes of anyone who has suffered a loss.
Lassgard manages to keep us from completely hating and giving up on him at the beginning of the film - no small trick - and allows us to care for him without engaging in maudlin sentimentality at the end.
Though our put-upon hero's gradual realization that he has much to live for is obvious from the get-go, it still is a pleasant journey from pawn to king - spiritually speaking, of course.
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I was just waiting for the next movie that would reduce me to a puddle of pathetic sobs after I saw 2015's "Room". This Swedish production fortunately has more humor and isn't nearly as dire a situation as the aforementioned tear-jerker. Instead, it concentrates on the ennui of aging and seeing a world, perhaps one you never felt a part of, pass you by. While the idea that things will never be as good as they once were might be true, closing one's self off to possible happiness is a greater tragedy. Concerning the eponymous Ove, he is a man in his twilight years with nothing but disdain for the outside world and disgust for anyone who can't meet his standards and ideals. He is a true misanthrope until a family moves in next door and humorously wriggle their way into his life, making themselves and him indispensable. This is one of my favorites, sure, but it is inarguably one of the best films of the year.
I saw this on the Rotten Tomatoes site and decided to give it a watch. This is my first Swedish film and it is the quintessential tale of the grumpy old man who complains about everything. However, when you dive deeper, you realise, with the help of his unlikely friends, how kind Ove really is. Superb.
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