A Man Called Ove

By Angie Raphael 

4 stars

Everyone probably knows a cranky older person and has wondered about their past, and that is what makes A Man Called Ove so relatable. Based on the 2012 novel by Swedish writer Fredrik Backman, A Man Called Ove is about a quintessential grumpy old man (Rolf Lassgard) who has nothing better to do than bother his neighbours and visit his wife's grave every day, promising to join her. But his suicide attempts are comical failures and things start to change for Ove when he spends time with his new neighbours, especially the pregnant Parvaneh (Bahar Pars). Writer/director Hannes Holm slowly peels back the layers of Ove's heavily guarded personality as the audience learns about his past and sweet love story with his wife, Sonja (Ida Engvoll) through a series of flashbacks. This foreign film is sentimental, bittersweet and worth watching.