A Man Called Ove
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.
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.