Ulrik's released from prison after 12 years for murder. Will he go straight? He gets a room and a job as mechanic. He hooks up with his old gang. His son introduces him as uncle to his pregnant fiancée.


Hans Petter Moland


Kim Fupz Aakeson (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stellan Skarsgård ... Ulrik
Jorunn Kjellsby Jorunn Kjellsby ... Karen Margrethe
Bjørn Floberg ... Rune Jensen
Gard B. Eidsvold ... Rolf (as Gard B Eidsvold)
Jannike Kruse Jannike Kruse ... Merete
Bjørn Sundquist ... Sven
Kjersti Holmen Kjersti Holmen ... Wenche
Jon Øigarden ... Kristian
Jan Gunnar Røise ... Geir
Julia Bache-Wiig ... Silje (as Julia Bache Wiig)
Per Frisch ... Prison Guard
Frank Iversen Frank Iversen ... Bartender
Henrik Mestad ... Kenny
Anders Baasmo Christiansen ... Scrap Dealer
Aksel Hennie ... Samí


Ulrik is reluctantly let out of prison after serving 12 years for murder. He has to cope with his gang, his ex, a few women - and a snitch. His son has a fiancé. Her family doesn't approve of murder. They have a nursery, they have principles. Ulrik is a somewhat gentle man. But how gentle can you be? ...and he's losing his hair. Written by Anonymous

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Sometimes gangsters need hugs too


Comedy | Crime | Drama


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Did You Know?


Stellan Skarsgård (Ulrik), Jon Øigarden (Kristian), Anders Baasmo Christiansen (Scrap Dealer), Jan Gunnar Røise (Geir) & Gard B. Eidsvold (Rolf) all worked together on In Order of Disappearance (2014) as Nils Dickman, Karsten Petterson, Geir. Jappe & Svela respectively. See more »


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A somewhat crime movie
21 August 2010 | by kosmaspSee all my reviews

It's amazing that even on a renowned Festival as the one in Berlin, there can be shown movies like this. It's not really something you (or in that case I) would expect to see there. Yes it has Stellan S., but the story as it is, is very bleak and humorous to say the least. A story that you would expect to pop up at other Festivals then. Especially with the crude humour, it's way of not pulling punches (but indeed delivering them) and characters that are way out there.

A few gross scenes, that are not necessarily violent, because sometimes even "romance" can be "brutal" to watch, as the viewers were moaning in a bad way at some scenes ... which you'll understand, once you watch the movie. Still very engaging and very well played. I liked it a lot.

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Norwegian | Swedish | Saami

Release Date:

19 March 2010 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

A Somewhat Gentle Man See more »

Filming Locations:

Norway See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,506, 16 January 2011

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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