Saturday, November 5, 2016

A Man Called Ovi

In brief: Ove is the quintessential angry old man next door. An isolated retiree with strict principles and a short fuse, who spends his days enforcing block association rules that only he cares about, and visiting his wife’s grave, Ove has given up on life. Enter a boisterous young family next door who accidentally flattens Ove’s mailbox while moving in and earning his special brand of ire. Yet from this inauspicious beginning an unlikely friendship forms and we come to understand Ove’s past happiness and heartbreaks. What emerges is a heartwarming tale of unreliable first impressions and the gentle reminder that life is sweeter when it's shared. Beneath the twists and turns of this ordinary man’s life story there’s a casual social history of Sweden in the last half of the 20th century. The films message insists that the best route to cultural continuity is community, not ethnic exclusivity.
Ramblings: Amazing story that was revealed a bit at a time. Funny bits throughout. Well worth the wait. (Movie started late.) Similar to "I, Daniel Blake" but did it better.

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