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En ganske snill mann (2010)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 19 March 2010 (Norway)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Hans Petter Moland

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Kim Fupz Aakeson (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stellan Skarsgård ... Ulrik
Jorunn Kjellsby Jorunn Kjellsby ... Karen Margrethe
Bjørn Floberg Bjørn Floberg ... Rune Jensen
Gard B. Eidsvold Gard B. Eidsvold ... Rolf (as Gard B Eidsvold)
Jannike Kruse ... Merete
Bjørn Sundquist 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 Per Frisch ... Prison Guard
Frank Iversen Frank Iversen ... Bartender
Henrik Mestad Henrik Mestad ... Kenny
Anders Baasmo Christiansen ... Scrap Dealer
Aksel Hennie ... Samí
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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

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Country:

Norway

Language:

Norwegian | Swedish | Saami

Release Date:

19 March 2010 (Norway) See more »

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A Somewhat Gentle Man See more »

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Norway See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$2,506, 16 January 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$37,543, 8 May 2011
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1.85 : 1
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Stellan Skarsgård (Ulrik), Jon Øigarden (Kristian), Anders Baasmo Christiansen (Scrap Dealer), Jan Gunnar Røise (Geir) & Gard B. Eidsvold (Rolf) all worked together on Kraftidioten (2014) as Nils Dickman, Karsten Petterson, Geir. Jappe & Svela respectively. See more »

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Complications with women, kids, cars and a violent past
16 May 2010 | by OJTSee all my reviews

A Kaurismäki-style dark comedy about a man coming out of prison after a 12 year sentence. Stellan Skarsgårds character gets lots of complications, even though most are willing to give the convicted man a lot a chances to begin a new life, with warnings to not ever looking behind at the past.

That is of course impossible, starting over in his old environment of a run down Oslo suburb. Everyone gives him a chance, even the old acquainted mafia-boss, which wants him to kill again. Women of all kinds still finds him attractive, and his old debt to the local mafia-boss makes life more complicated than it should be. Is he ready to kill again?

Hans Petter Moland got lots of praise at Berlin Filmfestival with this worn down comedy. Especially the "sex for food"-scenes with his landlady, being the jealous sister of the mafia-boss, was making a buzz.

The film functions as a nice story, and is good entertainment, but seems to lack a little in the manuscript to make it a classic. The casting is perfect, though, and this film could really have been an instant classic. Still there's scenes that is quite memorable, and there's hope even in a quite hopeless situation. Moland still gives his audience films we remember!


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