The Wonderful Curmudgeon

There are not many movies that I recommend. For one reason, I don’t go to the movies any more. I wait until they come out on DVD and then reserve them at the library. So many movies are worthless, steeped in profanity and violence. Every once in a while, there is a movie that deserves our watching. “A Man Called Ove” is not an easy movie to watch as the characters speak Swedish so the viewer must deal with English subtitles. Ove is a widower who has become the unofficial neighborhood monitor. His words are seldom kind, and his dealing with transgressors are overly strong. Through the movie, we get flashbacks detailing the events in his life that have defined his character. The movie deftly takes Ove through a transformation which is dramatic and realistic. The Swedish actor, Rolf Lassgard, and director Hannes Holm deserve a lot of credit for pulling off this transformation without causing us to feel manipulated. Reading the subtitles while watching the movie was for me a challenge but well worth the effort in satisfaction. Give it a try.


About bobosbest

I am an 80-year-old retired English teacher whose writing goals are fulfilled by publishing these blogs. I have a wonderful married partner, Dimitris Tsitsiras, who is from Greece. Life is good and still an adventure.
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