A MAN CALLED OVE/EN MAN SOM HETER OVE

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS/FILM - DC

Di­rected by Hannes Holm Star­ring Rolf Lass­gard, Ba­har Pars, Filip Berg

A grumpy Swedish man looks back on his life af­ter his wife dies. People com­plain about films be­ing ma­nip­u­la­tive, but the main prob­lem with this faith­ful, nice-look­ing adap­tion of Fredrik Back­man’s pop­u­lar novel is that it’s not ma­nip­u­la­tive enough. The ac­tors are en­gag­ing. The story has a de­cent shape. When the tragedies come, how­ever, they are muted by a nag­ging sense of ar­ti­fi­cial­ity. It feels too stud­ied, too cool. 15A cert, Triskel, Cork, 116 min

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