Belfast Film Festival

12th – 21st April 2018

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A Man Called Ove

Directed by Hannes Holm

Swedish star Rolf Lassgård affectingly embodies the lovable curmudgeon Ove whose grumpy life is brightened by forces beyond his control.

Nobody does quirky and bittersweet better than those outrageously funny Scandinavians. ‘A Man Called Ove’ is one of the biggest locally produced films ever to have come out of Sweden, recognised internationally with two Oscar® nominations including Best Foreign Language Film.

Stepping from the pages of Fredrik Backman’s best-selling novel, Ove 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. 

Irresistible! A touching comic crowdpleaser. VARIETY

A smooth, methodical black comedy… Hearts will warm, and tears may fall. CHICAGO TRIBUNE

A morbidly funny and moving success.  ROGEREBERT.COM