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A Somewhat Gentle Man (2010)

En ganske snill mann (original title)
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 ... 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

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Norway

Language:

Norwegian | Swedish | Saami

Release Date:

19 March 2010 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,506, 16 January 2011

Gross USA:

$37,743

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,851,776
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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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 In Order of Disappearance (2014) as Nils Dickman, Karsten Petterson, Geir. Jappe & Svela respectively. See more »

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Great Character Comedy With a Terrific Lead Performance
25 December 2012 | by emvanSee all my reviews

This is first of all a genuinely interesting character study with an absolutely terrific performance by Stellan Skarsgard as a newly-released convict. It is also consistently funny, and often hilariously so (it may have the three funniest sex scenes in recent cinema history). The humor is understated and dark, but it is always an outgrowth of the characters.

If it has any flaws, it's that the third act features an unlikely coincidence and a moment of predictable overt sentimentality which seemed a bit out of place (but which was nevertheless tremendously effective). But by that point I thought the movie had earned the right to spring a coincidence on us and then go for the heartstrings.

There's a bit of Pulp Fiction in the dialogue, but if I had to name a single movie it most resembled, it would be In Bruges, but without the violence. This was barely released in the U.S., but I think it was one of the 50 best movies of 2011, and one of the 15 best foreign films. If you're a true movie buff, see it! My grades: 80 / A-.


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