THE OVE WITHIN

Geist - - Endnotes - —Con­nie Kuhns

For Ove, the cen­tral char­ac­ter in the film A Man Called Ove there is noth­ing ahead but frus­tra­tion, dis­ap­point­ment and sad­ness. “It’s just chaos when you’re not here,” he says to his newly de­parted wife as he lays flow­ers on her grave. Tragedy has re­made him and he is un­rec­og­niz­able to him­self; to his neigh­bours and friends, Ove has be­come an ir­ri­ta­ble, iso­lated old man. Ove looks for ways to join his wife in death and has con­ver­sa­tions with the preg­nant woman who has just moved in next door with her fam­ily. The noise and happy chaos of her life makes her re­sis­tant to his anger and hope­less­ness as he keeps fail­ing at his at­tempts to reach the af­ter­life. A Man Called Ove isn’t dark (it was re­leased on Christ­mas Day in Swe­den in 2015). The com­bi­na­tion of pathos, hu­mour and good will makes this a deeply uni­ver­sal film and so much more than a sim­ple all-you-need-is-love story. Lucky or un­lucky, life hap­pens. We ei­ther know a man like Ove, or he’s hid­ing in­side us. We ob­serve a man’s be­hav­iour, but what do we know un­til we ask? This film is worth ev­ery cin­e­matic minute.

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