A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove)
Release year: 2015
Director: Hannes Holm
Screenwriter: Hannes Holm
Starring: Rolf Lassgård, Bahar Pars, Filip Berg, Ida Engvoll, Tobias Almborg, Klas Wiljergård, Chatarina Larsson, Börje Lundberg
Ratings: 2 Oscar nominations: Best Foreign Language Movie, Best Makeup.
After loosing his beloved wife and his job, grumpy old Ove (Lassgård) has trouble seeing any meaning of continuing his life. Eager to join his highly missed Sonja (Engvoll), he contemplates suicide, but everyone around interferes with their problems, and then Parvaneh (Pars) and her family moves in next door.
The movie adaptation of Backman’s debut novel is, just like the novel, much more than a movie about a grumpy old man. Even though Ove is so entertaining and old grumpy man, that this will be plenty. No, because underneath the hard surface, Ove hides a bittersweet story of love, heartbreak and loss. In between Ove’s suicide attempts and daily inspection trips around the neighbourhood to make sure all the rules are followed, we hear his story and it is a story that will drag tears from your eyes, genuine tears, because that is how Ove’s story feels: genuine. Lassgård (Efter Brylluppet, 2006) does a great job bringing Backman’s wonderful character to life. Like the people around Ove, you just can’t help falling hard for the stubborn stickler and that is the main reason the movie works, because without that sympathy, you would never understand why anyone care to look behind the surface. As it is, Ove’s growing and unlikely friendship with Parvaneh (an strong performance by Pars (Operation Ragnarök, 2017)) is delicate and incredible endearing. Just like Ove and consequently, so is the movie.
Two different ragdoll cats, Magic and Orlando, were used in the movie. After a casting, Magic was selected due to his adherence, curiousness and never could be startled away. Orlando was a stand-in used for the scenes when required to stay put or be carried for long periods of time. Both cats were born in Poland.
Picture copyrights: NF Film