By Livia Peterson
The Swedish Film Institute selected “A Man Called Ove” (En man som heter Ove) to vie for the foreign language Academy Award nomination.
Based on the novel of the same name by Fredrik Backman, the lonesome and moody Ove (Rolf Lassgard) implements the neighborhood association rules, visits the wife Sonja’s grave, and rejects the life. Ove develops the friendship with the neighbors Parvaneh (Bahar Pars) and Patrik (Tobias Almborg).
Lassgard, Pars, and Almborg are lovely to a fault. “A Man Called Ove” provides the delightful Debbie downer turned optimistic individual narrative. You may compare this film to “The Lady in the Van” (2015). The contagious positivity is necessary to the world. The negative notions delay the comprehensive life.
You will experience another facet of cinema here. Trust me, the subtitles are not awful. You may not help but to admire “A Man Called Ove” during the conclusion. B