A Man Called Ove is about unreliable first impressions the forming of friendships and a reminder that life is sweeter when it is shared. It follows Ove, an angry old man in the neighborhood who visits his wife’s grave. He isolates himself with his strict principles and short fuse, whose life is changed by a young family next door. For one thing the movie directed by Hannes Holm who manages to fuse melodrama with dark comedy and no small feat make it work. The funny bits take place in the present day as Ove (Rolf Lassgard) contemplates suicide. Friendless and jobless he spends his days enforcing his neighborhood association’s pedantic rules.
<h2>Who is this Man Called Ove?</h2>
Ove yells at dog owners, hisses at stray cats, and leaves rude notes on badly parked cars. The only person he cares about is his wife, and she’s dead. Still he gazes at her photo with affection and brings flowers to her grave where he conducts a one-sided conversation. The world is going to hell, he reasons. The problem is every time he tries to kill himself something goes wrong. More often than not he’s interrupted by the family that just moved in across the way. Parvaneh (Bahar Pars) an Iranian immigrant and pregnant mother of two is impervious to Ove’s put-downs. Pretty soon the two of them start an unlikely friendship as he teaches her how to drive. What I like about this movie Ove is schooling Parvaneh on the superiority of Saabs over Volvos.
<h3>History of the International Film Showcase!</h3>
The Film Showcase features monthly films from around the world, which are presented by the nonprofit Lamorinda Film and Entertainment Foundation. For tickets and showtimes, call 925.254.9060 or visit www.internationalshowcase.org
A Man Called Ove will premiere November 4, at the Orinda Theatre, 4 Orinda Theatre Square
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