Based on the internationally best-selling novel by Jonas Jonasson, the unlikely story of a 100-year-old man who decides it's not too late to start over. For most people it would be the adventure of a lifetime, but Allan Karlsson's unexpected journey is not his first. For a century he's made the world uncertain, and now he is on the loose again.Written by
The lead actor Robert Gustafsson estimated that he had spent a full three weeks non-stop in makeup after principal photography had wrapped. Some days, makeup had to start applying prosthetics at 2 a.m. See more »
In Allan's voiceover, while telling about the Russian doll Allan's father brought him once to his birthday he is calling it "Babushka". The Russian name of these dolls is "Matrjoshka", but in Scandinavia they are often called "Babushka" (Russian for Grandmother). (In the English subtitled version, in which the voice overs are dubbed into spoken English by a different actor, this is corrected to "matrjoshka.") See more »
For anyone who has enjoyed the book, this film will be a hoot. There were changes - but there is too much in the book for a single film. So while it annoying to leap from Siberia to Paris (for example_ its understandable.
But, while it does not follow the story exactly, but it perfectly captures the atmosphere and style of the original story. The lead is perfect as Alan, and the rest of the cast fit together very neatly
Anyone who has not read the book will miss loads. Why does Benny almost qualify for various jobs, how did Herbert Einstein suddenly end up in Paris and a range of other questions are answered there. Characters, if based on just the film, lack depth, and things often happen with little real explanation.
So not perfect, but a very good attempt to film a complex story that successfully retains the humour of the original.
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