A Man Called Ove (2015)

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Director: Hannes Holm
Cast: Rolf Lassgård, Bahar Pars, Filip Berg, Ida Engvoll


A grouchy widower has been supplanted as warden of the housing association but continues to exercise his duties and berate his neighbours about their dogs, their incompetence, and driving on the allotment. As he contemplates suicide, and Iranian woman and her family move in and gradually dislodge him from his misanthropic aloofness.

The Review

A bittersweet tale that constantly has its audience on the brink of tears or laughter, but mostly contrives to avoid sentimentality. It no doubt resembles The Grump a good deal, but is the more telling because it acts as a microcosm of the Swedish state, and speaks of many of the challenges besetting today's developed societies.