En man som heter Ove

Sweden, Norway 2015

Synopsis

59-year-old Ove is the block’s grumpy man who several years earlier was deposed as president of the condominium association, but he could not give a damn about being deposed and therefore keeps looking over the neighbourhood with an iron fist. When pregnant Parvaneh and her family move into the terraced house opposite and accidentally back into Ove’s mailbox it turns out to be an unexpected friendship.

A drama comedy about unexpected friendship, love and the importance of surrounding yourself with the proper tools.

Directors Statement

A MAN CALLED OVE is a universal story that revolves around Ove who we first get to know as the neighbourhood's grumpy old man. The core of the story is the unexpected friendship between pregnant Parvaneh who recently has moved in opposite Ove's with her husband and two children. Ove has recently lost his beloved wife and along the story Parvaneh succeeds in revealing that Ove has a heart-breaking story with his wife Sonja. For Ove there was nothing before Sonja and there’s nothing after Sonja.

Ove is shaped by hard work and has lost his mother at age seven. From his father he learned that life is all about hard work, the differences between right and wrong, and the only car you should drive is a SAAB. In the film we follow Ove in the present were he looks over the neighbourhood with an iron fist. Through flashbacks Ove’s journey trough life emerges and his heart-breaking love story with his wife Sonja. The love Ove has for Sonja makes him determined to join his wife and to try to commit suicide. However, this turns out to be more difficult than he thought, because he always gets interrupted by other people who need him. We also learn that behind Ove’s grumpiness lives a heart-warming man with a passion for justice. As a character, Ove is a man that many of us can recognise around themselves, like your father, grandfather, brother or uncle. Ove’s way of looking at people and situations around him providess both comic relief as well as a drama.

I want to focus more on the drama part but Ove’s way of looking at things gives the story laughter. His friendship with the neighbour Parvaneh grows stronger and slowly Ove starts seeing himself so close to the family that the children call him grandfather. In the flashbacks we see the love story between Ove and his Sonja, were we, as cinematic references, look at MY LIFE AS A DOG and FORREST GUMP. Other references I have are ABOUT SCHMIDT and AS GOOD AS IT GETS. This story should touch people’s hearts in both a feel-good, humorous as well as a dramatic way. This is a story about a life; a journey between laughter and tears, simple as life itself is.

Biography

Hannes Holm, born 1962, is a well-known and acclaimed Swedish director, actor and screenwriter.
He got his first film role in Birgitta Svensson's 1981 feature film INTERRAIL. Then followed a series of TV series in the 80s which he generally created along with his companion Måns Herngren. They wrote and directed the popular satire series S * M * A * S * H ​​with Svante Grundberg, Felix Herngren and Peter Wahlbeck. In 1987 Hannes Holm created the cult children's series THE OLSSON BROTHERS.
In 1995, ONE IN A MILLION with Tomas von Brömsen and Gösta Ekman became his first feature film, together with Måns Herngren. This was a huge success, followed by ADAM & EVE (1997), THE REUNION (2002) and EVERY OTHER WEEK (2006), to name but a few.
In 2007 Hannes Holm directed WONDERFUL AND LOVED BY ALL, based on Martina Haag’s best-selling novel with the same title. He also wrote and directed BEHIND BLUE SKIES (2010), an original feature inspired by the true story of one of the most scandalised drug stories in Swedish crime history, the so-called “Sandhamn league” who produced drugs in the Stockholm archipelago during the 70s.

Filmography:
2014 - THE ANDERSSON´S ROCKS THE MOUNTAIN
2013 - THE ANDERSSON´S HIT THE ROAD
2012 - THE ANDERSSON´S IN GREECE
2010 - BEHIND BLUE SKIES
2006 - EVERY OTHER WEEK
2002 - THE REUNION
2000 - SHIT HAPPENS
1997 - ADAM AND EVE
1995 - ONE IN A MILLION
 | 

Cast & Crew

Directed by : Hannes Holm

Written by : Hannes Holm

Produced by : Annica Bellander Rune, Nicklas Wikström Nicastro

Director of Photography : Göran Hallberg

Editor : Fredrik Morheden

Production Design : Jan-Olof Ågren

Costume Design : Camilla Olai-Lindblom

Hair & Make up Artist : Eva von Bahr, Love Larsson

Composer : Gaute Storaas

Sound Design : Hugo Ekornes

Main Cast : Rolf Lassgård (Ove), Bahar Pars (Parvaneh)

Animation : Torbjörn Olsson

Nominations and Awards

  • European Comedy 2016
  • People's Choice Award 2016
  • European Actor 2016
  • EFA Selection 2016