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A Man Called Ove
Saturday 12th May 2018 in the Village Hall
Doors open 7pm, film starts 7.30pm Duration 1 hr 56 mins  Rated: PG-13 (Subtitles)
Ove is the block's grumpy man who several years earlier was deposed as president of the condominium association, but he could not give a damn about being deposed and continues effectively to police the neighbourhood with an iron fist.
But Ove definitely is not a friendly neighbour. Basically, this crabby widower just wants to be left alone. Recently widowed, he visits his late wife Sonja’s grave every day, to bring flowers and complain. Suddenly laid off and without a job at age 59, he decides to join her. But people keep interrupting his suicide attempts, with friendly visits or requests for help. Particularly bothersome is his irrepressible new neighbour Parvaneh, an Iranian woman, and her Swedish husband Patrick and their two little girls.
Nobody does twisty, dry, dark comedy as well as the Swedes. Both funny and touching, the film takes us through Ove’s up-and-down life through a series of flashbacks. Based on a best-selling novel, this film was a huge hit in Sweden.
A drama comedy about unexpected friendship, love and the importance of surrounding yourself with the proper tools. Lassgård is well suited to the leading role, making Ove's meanness as delightful as his gradual opening up. As the neighbour Parvaneh, brings joie de vivre to reveal enough rough edges to keep things feeling real.
The film is funny, surprising, moving, and even romantic as it unspools Ove’s story. This gentle, delightful film touches on an unexpected range of contemporary issues. In other hands, sentiment could have got the better of this film but director Holm keeps enough comic edge to rescue it from that fate, keeping it funny but warm, a little gem that will have you leaving with a smile
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