Between the crevices of superhero-clad TV series, vampires, werewolves, zombies and pretty much everything that is Young Adult in nature, A Man Called Ove is a movie created in good faith. Directed by Hannes Holm, it is based on the work of worldwide best-seller Fredrick Backman which tells the story of the communal grump and the relationship that he structured with his neighbors.
Ove is not your everyday drama, nor is it as serious as the title suggests. Holm wrapped the film with a twist of humor, tragedy and, to a point, a cup of tears along the way. Needless to say, loneliness has its price in A Man Called Ove, but at the end of the day, a beam of sunlight shoots from nowhere and put a smile on his rather upside down face.
A Man Called Ove is about, well, Ove (Rolf Lassgard), a widower who also lost his job that he holds dear, much like his deceased wife. In situations like this, you and me would probably turn our back on the world and isolate ourselves in one corner and speak nothing of it. Ove does that: he perches down like a vulture to his neighbors, sneering at every good thing that comes in his way. Overtime, Ove contemplates to join his wife, but is constantly interrupted by his fellows. Sensing that he is still part of their society, Ove answers the mingling and forgets his plans for the time being.
Things got a little out hand when a new neighbor decided to move in. As for Ove, it wasn’t a good start when they accidentally crushed his mailbox, plus the constant cheers and jeers from the children proved to be a burden for the grump. Adding fuel to the fire is Parvaneh, an Iranian who happens to be the wife of his new neighbor. Again, his attempts to end it all come to a halt due to her endearing her family to childless Ove time and again.
Flashbacks on the other hand give viewers a lighter side of the lead character. It shows that Ove was, when Sonja was still alive, a goodhearted man, and it was only her untimely death and a series of unfortunate events that transformed him to what he is now. It is, bar none, a transition of the typical man, especially when something that you grasp so tight suddenly disappears.
A Man Called Ove is a heartwarming and deserving of the awards that it will eventually reap. Its societal value can and will be present in most communities, as well as values that connotes moving on, patience and even a simple smile can turn things around.