A Man Called Ove

A Man Called Ove

The movie is in Swedish with English subtititles

Stepping from the pages of Fredrik Backman’s international best-selling novel, Ove (Rolf Lassgård) 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 it's shared.

Running Time
116 minutes
Release to DVD: T.B.A.

The Critics Comment

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Odie Henderson, RogerEbert.com
A morbidly funny and moving success. Director Holm’s grip on the film’s tricky, tragicomic tone is masterful.

Nick Schager, Village Voice
The dopes saying that movies are dead haven’t seen the moving, tender A Man Called Ove.

Devan Coggan, Entertainment Weekly
Darkly funny, tragic, and ultimately heartwarming.

Tom Long, Detroit News
Touching, funny and engrossing.

Arizona Republic, Bill Goodykoontz
We’ve seen crusty old geezers with hearts of gold plenty of times in films. Here we see how this one got that way, and thanks to Lassgard and Holm, it’s a journey we care about taking.


89th Academy Awards Nomination: Best Foreign Language Film and Best Achievement for Makeup & Hairstyling (Love Larson & Eva von Bahr),

29th European Film Awards Winner: Best European Comedy,

2016 Seattle International Film Festival Golden Space Needle Award Winner: Best Actor (Rolf Lassgård),

2016 Guldbagge Awards Winner: Audience Award, Best Actor (Rolf Lassgård), Best Makeup (Love Larson & Eva Von Bahr)

2016 Mill Valley Film Festival & 2016 Traverse City Film Festival Winner: Audience Award,

2016 Scottsdale International Film Festival Winner: Audience Award for Best Film,

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