Film Society Selection
'A MAN CALLED OVE'
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Tuesday 8th August 7.30pm
FILM DESERVEDLY RECEIVED AN AMAZING 13 WINS AND 23 NOMINATIONS
Director: Hannes Holm,
Sweden, 2015, 126 minutes Swedish/Persian with subtitles
Cast: Rolf Lassgård, Bahar Pars, Zozan Akgün
Ove has strict principles and a short fuse, and spends his days enforcing
he cares about. Then a young family moves in next door. A heart-warming tale of unreliable first impressions.
Plus short film
Perfect House Guest
Directors: Max Porter/Ru Kuwahata, UK, 2015, 106 seconds
A house is visited by a clean, organised, well-mannered guest.
(Reveals plot details)
Film Review: A Man Called Ove
Simon Film Critic
Ultimately, its a friendship with the new neighbors practical, pregnant Parvaneh (Bahar Pars), her young daughters (Nelly Jamarani, Zozan Akgun), and her hopelessly unhandy husband Patrik (Tobias Almborg), who never has the correct tools that gives Ove a new lease of life, as does an unwanted cat nuisance. Holm makes poignantly clear that being needed is an essential human desire, and life is so much sweeter when shared with others. Like the novel, Holms screenplay makes Ove an archetypal figure, yet one with his own unique story to tell. The film cannily uses repetition, such as Oves patrol of the housing complex, to show how the character changes and grows, and also how the local communitys perception of him alters.
While the entire cast is terrific, Lassgard and Pars are the standouts. The formers imperious, slightly paunchy, somewhat formal Ove seems far older than 59, and his sniffs, pahs and finger pointing linger in the mind long after. As the passionate and opinionated Persian woman next door, Pars takes what might, in other hands, have been a stereotype and makes her into a real person. Holm uses the actors contrasting heights and physiques to pleasant comic effect.
is crisp, with clean, widescreen lensing by Goran Hallberg (The
100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared)
thats always a pleasure to watch. The only bone to pick is with
Gaute Storaas score, which is sometimes too insistently sentimental.
Reviewed at Goteborg Film Festival (competing), Feb. 6, 2016. Running time: 116 MIN. (Original title: "En man som heter Ove")