A Man Called Ove
Dir. Hannes Holm | Sweden | 2015 | 116 min | Swedish w/ English subtitles
Misery hates company. Stepping from the pages of Fredrik Backman’s international best-selling novel, Ove is the quintessential angry old man next door. An isolated retiree with strict principles and a short fuse, who spends his days enforcing block association rules that only he cares about, and visiting his wife’s grave, Ove has given up on life. Enter a boisterous young family next door who accidentally flattens Ove’s mailbox while moving in and earning his special brand of ire. Yet from this inauspicious beginning an unlikely friendship forms and we come to understand Ove’s past happiness and heartbreaks. What emerges is a heartwarming tale of unreliable first impressions and the gentle reminder that life is sweeter when its shared. One of Sweden’s biggest locally-produced box office hits ever, director Hannes Holm finds the beating heart of his source material and Swedish star Rolf Lassgård, whose performance won him the Best Actor award at the 2016 Seattle Int’l Film Festival, affectingly embodies the lovable curmudgeon Ove.
“Sets the gold standard in curmudgery with freewheeling comic verve and quirky wisdom.” — Colin Covert, Minneapolis Start Tribune
“Moving and tender.” — Nick Schager, The Village Voice
“Masterful! A funny and moving success.” — Odie Henderson, RogerEbert.com
Special Guest- Patrick Harrison – Director, New York Programs and Membership for The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.SOLD OUT