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.
Great movie with an affecting performance by Lassgård who aptly supported by the rest of the cast. Production design manages to capture the different timelines and the photo and music underscores the tragedy and the humorous. The only real downsides here is that the direction lacks flair and that we have seen this type of story before. Still a very emotional and engaging movie worth your time.
The first thing that strikes me is the fantastic make-up job that has been done on Rolf Lassgård to make him even older and more grumpy. After that one get a movie that trigger both the funny bones and the emotional core as we get to see how one man is changed by fate and accidents to become the personality that he is. It is a satisfying predictable watch worthy of a watch as Rolf Lassgård is fantastic in the role.
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.