A Man Called Ove is not a movie you’re likely to see unless you’re into foreign films, which means if you don’t speak Swedish, you’ll have to read subtitles. In my opinion, it would be worth every word you’d have to read. This heartfelt story will arouse a significant amount of your emotions. A Man Called Ove spans approximately 60 years of his life. Ove (Rolf Lassgård) lives in a small community of condominiums where he is a member of the community block association. Ove appears to have a touch of ODC and is obsessed with making sure that everyone follows the rules. In the beginning of the movie, Ove is forced to retire after 43 years on his job. It was never made clear why except that at 59 years of age, Ove’s personality has become intolerably grumpy. From that point on, Ove made numerous attempts to commit suicide but was always interrupted. The movie flashes back to Ove and his recently deceased wife, Sonja (Ida Engvoll) who is the reason for his suicidal tendencies. A new pregnant neighbor, Parvaneh (Bahar Pars) and her family moves into the terraced house opposite Ove and accidentally backs into his mailbox with her car. The new family changes Ove’s life and it turns out to be an unexpected friendship. We learn much about Ove and what makes him tick. His life was remarkable, emotional and interesting. There are several stories told throughout Ove’s life, each fascinating in it’s own way. Filip Berg brilliantly plays Ove as a Young man. I highly recommend A Man Called Ove, it’s truly a wonderful movie and is now on DVD.
[A Man Called Ove is nominated for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Makeup and Hairstyling]