Thursday, 14 August 2014

The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

WRITTEN BY: Felix Herngren, Hans Ingemansson
DIRECTED BY: Felix Herngren
STARRING: Robert Gustafsson, Iwar Wiklander, David Wiberg
RATING: 4 stars

I have not yet read the book of The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared, so I cannot draw any comparisons, but I have heard some fans of Jonas Jonasson's book are disappointed with a few changes made for the film. That being said, as someone unfamiliar with the story, I found the film to be absolutely delightful in its outrageous quirkiness. This black comedy has everything including Socialist Russians, Einstein, bikies, presidents, prison camps, prime ministers, the Berlin Wall, parties, the atomic bomb, the CIA and even a circus elephant. There is never a dull moment in this Swedish road-trip film.

Bomb enthusiast Allan Karlsson (Robert Gustafsson) is 100 years old and living in an aged care facility when he decides to run away and enjoy whatever life he has left. When Allan arrives at a bus station, he meets a bikie who orders him to hold onto a suitcase while he uses the toilet. But when Allan's bus arrives, he takes the suitcase with him, leaving the angry bikie behind. Soon Allan is on a bizarre adventure, but in a series of flashbacks we see this journey is just one of many extraordinary experiences in Allan's life.

Gustafsson gives a fantastic performance and the make-up to make him look so old is even better. The supporting cast are also solid including Iwar Wiklander as the station master who joins Allan's adventure and David Wiberg as a timid student.

If you like eccentric characters and foreign films, this is definitely a film worth seeing.




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