A Man Called Ove

Posted on October 20, 2016

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A Man Called Ove – After 43 years of loyal service, Ove (Rolf Lassgard) gets asked to leave his job. He’s already faced a couple of tragedies in his life so he decides to end it all by hanging himself but his new neighbors keep interrupting his suicide attempts. The story goes from Ove’s childhood to now to his happily married adulthood and back again.

Ove believes in rules and he polices his small Swedish neighborhood like a vigilante. He calls most everyone an idiot and yet he’s the one they go to for help. His bark is definitely worse than his bite unless you drive anything other than a Saab. Although he tries his best to join his deceased wife – Sonja (Ida Engvoll) with the laughing face – he eventually realizes he has more to give and his life has more purpose to fulfill.

The subject may be kind of depressing but the movie isn’t. A touch of sweetness, a touch of funny, and a touch of sadness. A really good mix. Bahar Pars is delightful as the pregnant wife next door and Borje Lundberg is excellent as the wheelchair-bound, sometimes-best friend.

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