A Man Called Ove

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I loved Frank Backman’s book, which I read a year or so ago, about this quirky, rigid Swedish widower, and how his life gets turned around. The movie is both faithful to the book and yet better in some ways. The wonderful portrayal of Ove by Rolf Lassgard gets under your skin from the very beginning, as we see him getting ready for a suicide attempt. The Swedish scenery is lushly photographed, especially in the flashbacks to Ove’s youth. And the fetching Ida Engvoll as his late wife does real justice to her part. It’s only being shown for a short while to qualify for the Oscars, I’m told, but will be re-released in the US next winter. If it’s still around, go see it.

Howard Morgan

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