Sunday, January 1, 2017

A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove) (2015)

Director: Hannes Holm. Cast: Rolf Lassgård, Bahar Pars, Filip Berg. 156 min. Rated PG-13. Sweden. Comedy/Drama.

A strict, grumpy old man who lost his wife a few months before sees no reason to go on, and attempts to let go of life - but then, life won't let go of him. I was expecting this comedy/melodrama (currently on the 9-film Oscars shortlist competing to become one of this year's foreign-language nominees) to end similar to Abbas Kiarostami's more serious Taste of Cherry, where the suicidal hero decides life is worth living. But the film ends on a somewhat cheesy note, unbecoming of the high expectations the rest of it had already created. Still, worth the trip.

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