A Man Called Ove
Based on a book by Fredrik Backman, A Man Called Ove is the quintessential grumpy old man movie. I had seen the title a few times looking perusing the tombs of movies online, but it never really caught my eye until after a business associate mentioned they were reading the book in book club and really enjoying the dry humor. That was enough of a push to get me to watch it, and I am so glad I did!
The movie was done in 2015 in Swedish and Persian, but you soon forget that you are reading the subtitles as you begin to understand the characters. There was actually a point where I forgot to turn the subtitles on and didn’t realize it because the characters are so well done.
Ove’s life is laid out before you with a series of snippets of his current and flashbacks to his near and distant past. He appears to be so ordinary that some of the tragic events of his life are surprising. His characters stead fast presence is reinforced with each event as he carries on thru his life in spite of the multiple major life changing events that each in there own accord might have crippled a lesser character.
There is plenty of dry humor based on Ove’s apparent misanthropy for life and the others that exist in his save his wife Sonja; who seems to be holding some magically funny secret to herself as she glides in and out of the story. You realize as the story unfolds, that as in life; if you put aside your predisposed notions, you can see the true gem of a friend and human that people are, and Ove personifies.
I give this movie 5 out of 5 stars.