A man called Ove

A man called Ove

DVD - 2016 | Swedish
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A grumpy retiree who spends his days enforcing block association rules and visiting his wife's grave decides to give up on life until an unlikely friendship develops with a boisterous young family that moves in next door.
Audience: OFA rating: PG.
Publisher: Chicago : Music Box Films, 2016.
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC Man
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (116 min.) : digital, sound, colour ; 12 cm.
Language Note: In Swedish with English and French subtitles.

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SCL_Mallory Jul 11, 2018

An excellent film about the importance of neighbours and friendship. It is a tear-jerker so be prepared. If you enjoyed the movie check out the book as well.

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misatim
May 06, 2018

I loved this film, a timeless love story that shows the power of community. So well acted with a great story that draws you in. Watch it and see

ylpladults Mar 29, 2018

Of course the movie can't reflect everything in the book, but it does keep Ove's crotchety nature, his fix-it abilities, and his deep loyalties. Parveneh was played by a strong actress and she was a fantastic foil for Ove.

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william13oliver15
Feb 02, 2018

Absolutely Loved the book and the movie was just as good.

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4536o
Jan 30, 2018

If you loved the book, this movie may come as a letdown. The film is quite faithful to the first half, build-up section of the novel, but then rushes to a close just when the truly beautiful, multiple unfoldings occur. As one example, Ove's gift of an iPad to the older sister, Sepidah. This is a major event in the reader's gradual appreciation of Ove's true character, developed over several passages in the book. The film dispatches it with a single sentence, "You probably should have this." Someone who has not read the book would probably think it trivial. It definitely is not, tracing to Ove's and Sepidah's bonding over their shared interest in designing-building houses. Perhaps the director should have followed the Harry Potter lead and done this in two films.

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nordicleather
Jan 21, 2018

I give this movie five out of five. I hoping not to like "A Man Called Ove" as he is a crotchety old fart. But "A Man Called Ove" held my interest & I am glad. There was another character in the movie who was a villian. That character off set Ove enough for me to like him in the end.

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MiRiAm12345
Jan 08, 2018

The movie was good, but not nearly as good as the book. In fact, I think if you have seen the movie without reading the book, you are only getting an outline of Ove, and not a true understanding of the character that is so well developed in the book. The acting is very solid and the film has been well cast.

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runningbeat
Nov 06, 2017

It looks like a cute show, but I wasn't into reading sub titles that evening, so I can't rate the movie. Wish it would of been in English.

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Mmegood
Oct 24, 2017

Once I started watching this film, I was glad that my husband was not watching with me. He suffers from anxiety and depression.

With how the film starts, I wasn't sure that I was going to like it. However, the film explains Ove's life through flash backs and you better understand where he is coming from. I could then empathize with Ove. This curmudgeon who you expect everyone to dislike - even hate - because of his attitude towards others - is a pleasant surprise.

I usually read the books first- and based on the extras available on the DVD with the discussion with the actors and director- I can't wait to read the book.

I should also note- I was particularly interested in this film originally as it was Sweden's entry to the Academy Awards a few years ago for the Foreign Film category.

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LeavesOnTrees
Oct 24, 2017

A warning: This is not a film for people who are grieving or who have lost a loved one to suicide. I agree with the positive reviews except for what I mentioned above.

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jimg2000
Jan 04, 2017

If what they say is true, that fate is the sum total of our own stupidity, then I think what altered my fate was a result of the stupidity of my neighbors.
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Killing oneself isn't all that easy, you know. And now she's moved in as well. So now I've got to get rid of her and then, I'm coming. ... She looked like this when I got her, so don't think it's my fault.
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One thing is certain, though: whatever we do in this life, no one gets out of it alive.
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Leave the dog alone.
-That's no dog. It looks more like a hairy winter boot with eyes.
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Hey! What do you think you're doing?
-It scratched Prince!
If you throw one more stone, I'll transform your pug into a door mat.
-He's a Chihuahua, and that cat's probably contagious.
I'm sure, but then again, I'm sure you are, too. But we don't throw stones at you, do we?
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People nowadays... It's shocking, really. They're all incompetent these days. They can't reverse a trailer, they can't mend a puncture.

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jimg2000
Jan 04, 2017

Now I want you to listen to me. You've given birth twice. Three times, soon. You've come all the way from Iran, fleeing war and all kinds of hell. You've learned a new language, got an education and a job - and you've married a loser. So you'll have no problems learning how to drive. I mean, we're not talking brain surgery here.
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Easy does it, old man.
-"Old man"? I'm not your old man, asshole! I'm "angry man"!
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Nasanin did a drawing for you. Wait there! Here you go. Nasanin did this drawing for you. The one in color is you. She always does you in color.
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Hi, Ove! Alright?
-Why does everyone keep asking if things are alright? Why would things not be alright?
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You mustn't be angry with me, Sonja. Admitting you've been wrong is hard. Especially when you've been wrong for a long time. I'm sorry.

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jimg2000
Jan 04, 2017

You told me never to give up - didn't you? Now you sit there, feeling sorry for yourself. You've had a hard time. Everyone's an idiot. And you just give up. Because you think you're the only one on this planet who can cope without any help at all. But do you know what, Ove? No one manages completely on their own. No one. Not even you.
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How the hell can you talk to someone who just hangs up?
-How the hell can you talk to someone who just shouts?
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The more all these idiots keep babbling about her, the more they will drown out the little memory I have of her voice. There was nothing before Sonja, and there is nothing after her.
-I'm something.
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You're against cruel animal testing, but you're quite happy with cruel child testing.

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jimg2000
Jan 04, 2017

Ove... Either we die - or we live.
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But then, the unfathomable happened. It was like the best thing and the worst thing happening all at once. (After the accident ... on the scenic yet dangerous mountain road in Tenerife, Spain??)
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He said my heart was too big. It may sound sweet, but it isn't all that good. Sooner or later, you pay. I'd like to have a proper funeral in a proper church. None of this nonsense with ashes scattered in the wind. And I want a quiet funeral, who thought I pulled my weight. The cat has tuna twice a day and wants to shit in private. Please respect that. And above all, make damn sure the bastards don't drive on our paths.
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You're amazingly bad at dying.
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What kind of love would that be? To part when you need one another the most?
-But the problem is that 24 hours a day, he has no idea of where he is.
No, but I do.

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Mmegood
Oct 24, 2017

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Mmegood
Oct 24, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Depressed man attempts suicide.

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