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A Man Called Ove (2015)

En man som heter Ove (original title)
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Ove, an ill-tempered, isolated retiree who spends his days enforcing block association rules and visiting his wife's grave, has finally given up on life just as an unlikely friendship develops with his boisterous new neighbors.

Director:

Hannes Holm

Writers:

Hannes Holm (screenplay), Fredrik Backman (novel)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 14 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rolf Lassgård ... Ove
Bahar Pars Bahar Pars ... Parvaneh
Filip Berg ... Unga Ove (young Ove)
Ida Engvoll ... Sonja
Tobias Almborg Tobias Almborg ... Patrick
Klas Wiljergård Klas Wiljergård ... Jimmy
Chatarina Larsson Chatarina Larsson ... Anita
Börje Lundberg ... Rune
Stefan Gödicke Stefan Gödicke ... Oves pappa (Ove's father)
Johan Widerberg ... Vitskjortan
Anna-Lena Brundin Anna-Lena Brundin ... Journalisten Lena (as Anna-Lena Bergelin)
Nelly Jamarani Nelly Jamarani ... Sepideh
Zozan Akgün Zozan Akgün ... Nasanin
Viktor Baagøe Viktor Baagøe ... Ove 7 år (7 year-old Ove)
Simon Edenroth Simon Edenroth ... Adrian
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Storyline

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. When pregnant Parvaneh and her family moves into the terraced house opposite and accidentally backs into Ove's mailbox it turns out to be an unexpected friendship. A drama comedy about unexpected friendship, love and the importance of surrounding yourself with the proper tools.

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic content, some disturbing images, and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish | Persian

Release Date:

30 September 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Man Called Ove See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$54,608, 2 October 2016

Gross USA:

$3,479,315

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,691,696
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Rolf Lassgård, the actor playing Ove, was 59 years old when the shooting of the movie begun. The same age as the character he plays. See more »

Goofs

During the movie we get to see all popular models of Saab and Volvo. However the registration plates on some cars are too modern. One example is the light blue Volvo 142/144 that has a sign issued more than 20 years after the car was made. See more »

Quotes

Ove: Hey! What are you doing?
Mähät: It scratched Prince.
Ove: Throw another stone and I'll sew a doormat with your mop!
Mähät: It is a chihuahua. And the cat certainly has both rabies and plague.
Ove: Oh, yes. Clearly, you do too. But we do not throw stones at you.
Mähät: You still think you can do whatever you want? Slimy fucking old man. I'll tell Anders.
Ove: Go ahead, tell him. If you can make someone who drives an Audi understand. Four zeros on the grill and a fifth at the wheel. If that dog pees in our area again, I'll ...
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Remade as A Man Called Ove See more »

Soundtracks

Blott en dag
Music by Oscar Ahnfelt (uncredited)
Lyrics by Lina Sandell (uncredited)
[Incorrectly credited as Traditional]
Performed by Stockholms Symfoniorkester (Stockholm Symphony Orchestra)
(p) 2011 Naxos AB
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Lovely Conventional Movie
17 January 2017 | by ArminCallo-PalmSpringsSee all my reviews

This was a lovely, conventional film. No, really it's a movie rather than a film. And while Swedish, it reads very conventional Hollywood. Movie comfort food, if you will. Very nice, and a total feel-good movie for all ages. It leaves one feeling all warm and fuzzy. And besides that, well, that's about it. What stays with me? A sad sense of longing for community, so very rare today, especially in the USA.

Scoring the different elements of the film objectively, 1 to 4:

Script/Story: 3.5 - nice, well constructed. Loved the fact that flashbacks ride on scenes of suicide attempts. This was a nice, ironic feature of the narrative.

Cinematography/Visual Effects: 3 - conventional, competently shot. Not much more to say.

Editing: 3 - See above (heavy sigh -- conventional, competently edited. Not much more to say.)

Sound Effects: 2 - forgettable, nothing significant here.

Musical Score: 2.5, at times stereotypical, ie Spanish-y music for scenes set in Spain, etc. Competent, but not significant, which is very appropriate for the narrative structure.

Performances: 3.5, strong performances.

Production Design: Sets, Locations, Costumes, etc.: 3.5, production design great, iconic for the area and period feel of the storyline. But an Oscar consideration in hair & make-up, really??? What am I missing here?

Would I recommend this movie to a friend? Of course, total movie comfort food! Sweden's Terms of Endearment or Forrest Gump or . . .


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