A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove)
Director: Hanner Holm
Cast: Rolf Lassgard, Bahar Pars, Filip Berg
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: Swedish, Persian with English subtitles
Country of Origin: Sweden 2015 116 mins. (15)
Nominated for 2 Academy Awards: Best Foreign Language Film, Best Makeup and Hairstyling
European Comedy - European Film Awards
Released by Thunderbird Releasing
Ove's (Rolf Lassgard) the number one grumpy, bitter, middle-aged man. Deposed as president of the condominium association, he's still the enforcer. You don't tangle with follow the rules or pay the penalty, Ove. His wife Sonja (Ida Engvoll) died of cancer a year ago, he was made redundant after 43 years service on the railway and the bastards gave him a spade for gardening as a goodbye parting gift. Suicide's the answer. Ove will join Sonja but attempts to end it all go pear shaped and when, in-your-face new neighbour Paravaneh (Bahar Pars) with two kids and pregnant offers him a home cooked, sweet smelling, tasty Persian meal, maybe things will change.
Adapted from Frederik Backman's novel of the same title and nominated for two Academy Awards, including Best Foreign language Film, Rolf Lassgard reigns supreme as the pain-in-the arse, nothing's right, avoid that man. Flashbacks of the younger Ove's (Filip Berg) life and tragedies that made him the bitter, middle-aged supremo, slot in with ease. A blend of melodrama and a touch of black comedy but the final add-on sentimental touch is a bit too sugary.