A Man Called Ove

Synopsis & Film Details

A Man Called Ove, directed by Hannes Holm, tells the story of the ill-tempered retiree Ove and his unlikely friendship with his boisterous new neighbors. Based on the internationally best-selling Swedish novel by Fredrik Backman, it stars Rolf Lassgård, winner of the Best Actor award at the 2016 Seattle Int’l Film Festival for his loveable portrayal of a quintessential curmudgeon. Ove has given up on life. He spends his days either strictly enforcing block association rules or at his wife’s grave. Enter the new young family next door, who while moving in, accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox. Despite their inauspicious beginning, the young family rekindles Ove’s life and humanity. A Man Called Ove is a heart-warming tale about unreliable first impressions, memory, and love. At its heart it serves a gentle reminder that life is sweeter when it is shared. In Swedish, with English subtitles.

Director: Hannes Holm
Sweden (2016) • 116 minutes • PG-13 (for thematic content, some disturbing images, and language)
Distributor: Music Box Films
Screening Sponsor: Fresno Arts Council