A Man Called Ove

116+ min. In Swedish w/English subtitles. Music Box Films. 2015. DVD UPC 751778950775. $29.95; Blu-ray UPC 751778950782. $34.95. Rated: PG-13.
Grumpy old man Ove (Rolf Lassgård), a grieving widower fired from his longtime job, tries to hang himself in the first of several darkly humorous failed suicide attempts. Saved by the kindness of his neighbors, the curmudgeon gradually mellows, while flashbacks reveal the origins of his demeanor, which recall the tragic death of his father and the devoted relationship with his wife. Adapted by director Hannes Holm from Frederik Backman's (Brit-Marie Was Here) international best seller, Sweden's foreign-language film Oscar entry is a uniquely Scandinavian blend of the gloomy, the funny, and the endearing. [See Trailers, LJ 11/1/16.]
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