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A Man Called Ove (2015)

En man som heter Ove (original title)
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Ove, an ill-tempered, isolated retiree who spends his days enforcing block association rules and visiting his wife's grave, has finally given up on life just as an unlikely friendship develops with his boisterous new neighbors.

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Hannes Holm

Writers:

Hannes Holm (screenplay), Fredrik Backman (novel)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 14 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rolf Lassgård ... Ove
Bahar Pars Bahar Pars ... Parvaneh
Filip Berg ... Unga Ove (young Ove)
Ida Engvoll ... Sonja
Tobias Almborg Tobias Almborg ... Patrick
Klas Wiljergård Klas Wiljergård ... Jimmy
Chatarina Larsson Chatarina Larsson ... Anita
Börje Lundberg ... Rune
Stefan Gödicke Stefan Gödicke ... Oves pappa (Ove's father)
Johan Widerberg ... Vitskjortan
Anna-Lena Brundin Anna-Lena Brundin ... Journalisten Lena (as Anna-Lena Bergelin)
Nelly Jamarani Nelly Jamarani ... Sepideh
Zozan Akgün Zozan Akgün ... Nasanin
Viktor Baagøe Viktor Baagøe ... Ove 7 år (7 year-old Ove)
Simon Edenroth Simon Edenroth ... Adrian
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Storyline

59 year old 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 therefore keeps looking over the neighborhood with an iron fist. When pregnant Parvaneh and her family moves into the terraced house opposite and accidentally backs into Ove's mailbox it turns out to be an unexpected friendship. A drama comedy about unexpected friendship, love and the importance of surrounding yourself with the proper tools.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic content, some disturbing images, and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish | Persian

Release Date:

30 September 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Man Called Ove See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$54,608, 2 October 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,358,518, 6 January 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$29,475,694, 7 September 2017
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Two different ragdoll cats, Magic and Orlando, were used in the movie. After a casting, Magic was selected due to his adherence, curiousness and never could be startled away. Orlando was a stand-in used for the scenes when required to stay put or be carried for long periods of time. Both cats were born in Poland. See more »

Goofs

To emphasize a Spanish holiday atmosphere music by Demis Roussos can be heard. Demis Roussos is a Greek singer and his music would be more suitable to create a Greek holiday atmosphere. See more »

Quotes

Ove: Hey! What are you doing?
Mähät: It scratched Prince.
Ove: Throw another stone and I'll sew a doormat with your mop!
Mähät: It is a chihuahua. And the cat certainly has both rabies and plague.
Ove: Oh, yes. Clearly, you do too. But we do not throw stones at you.
Mähät: You still think you can do whatever you want? Slimy fucking old man. I'll tell Anders.
Ove: Go ahead, tell him. If you can make someone who drives an Audi understand. Four zeros on the grill and a fifth at the wheel. If that dog pees in our area again, I'll ...
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Soundtracks

Var är tvålen?
Written by Povel Ramel (as Ramel) (1956)
Performed by Povel Ramel
©Pygme Musikförlag
(p) 1956
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evolve your relations
1 January 2017 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Some of the movies that I find the most interesting are ones that focus on interactions between people from different cultures. "En man som heter Ove" ("A Man Called Ove" in English) is one such movie. The protagonist is a misanthropic, aging man in a neighborhood in Sweden. He spends much of his time telling people if they're breaking the law. But when an Iranian woman and her family move in, this becomes a new opportunity for him.

In addition to showing Ove's relationship with this new family, the movie uses flashbacks to establish what kind of a person Ove is. And believe me, there are some shocking things that happened in this man's life. I had never heard of the director or cast members before watching the movie, but I'm impressed with their work (including the cat). The movie has some clever scenes, but also makes sure to emphasize the characters' relationships with each other. I hope that Hannes Holm continues to make this sort of movie, and I hope to see Rolf Lassgård in more movies. Bra gjort!


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