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A MAN CALLED OVE (EN MAN SOME HETER OVE) (2016) (PG-13)

Oct. 21, Old Dutch Church, 272 Wall St., Kingston

Hannes Holmes’ comedy drama, based on Fredrik Backman’s internationally best-selling novel, tells the story of Ove (Rolf Lassgård), the quintessential angry old man next door. The isolated retiree with strict principles and a short fuse has given up on life. He spends his days enforcing block association rules that only he cares about, and visiting his wife’s grave. When a boisterous young family moves in next door and accidentally flattens Ove’s mailbox in the process, its members earn a special brand of Ove’s ire. Yet from this inauspicious beginning, an unlikely friendship forms and we come to understand Ove’s past happiness and heartbreaks. What emerges is a heartwarming tale of unreliable first impressions and a gentle reminder that life is sweeter when shared. Winner of 13 critic and festival awards, including Best European Comedy at the European Film Awards and the World Cinema Audience Award at the Mill Valley (Calif.) Film Festival. “An epic about ordinary life, touching, funny and engrossing.” — Tom Long, The Detroit News. In Swedish with English subtitles.