59 year old Ove is the block’s grumpy man who several years earlier was deposed as president of the condominium association, but he could not give a damn about being deposed and therefore keeps looking over the neighborhood with an iron fist.
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A by the numbers audience pleaser that holds no surprises but does contain two central performances of note by Rolf Lassgard (Ove) and a wonderful Bahar Pars as his new Iranian neighbour. The film does have its moments both funny and sad but the viewer winds up feeling manipulated in an obvious way.
It’s undeniable that everything in the feel-good “A Man Called Ove” was neatly arranged to please. However, its charm and message make us forget the originality it wasn’t capable of showing. (3.5 stars)
A little too satisfying. Structured oddly like Pixar's Up but with more suicidal overtones (and a headstrong, pregnant Iranian immigrant instead of a Wilderness Scout), it hits all the right notes in ways that began, after about halfway through the running time, to feel pandering. Or award bait. One or two more risks would have improved the experience.
A melancholic but often times hilarious tale about loneliness that works much better when it plays to its dark comedic strengths than when it tries to be a cute modern fable. I didn't even mind the old-man-with-a-grudge cliché because it was done fairly well, but some narrative and tone choices (either too slapstick or too melodramatic) left me baffled, especially because there was room here for a great film.
3,5. Recursos y trama no original, pero la suma de un actor protagónico de primera clase más un entorno cultural y fotográfico propio ( película sueca) y una narrativa extraordianria, hacen de esta película una agradable forma de aprender sobre las enseñanzas de la vida en forma extrema por una parte y unn poco de humor sano en relación a los problemas de esta misma....un acierto