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Hang Noose: Music Box Films Find Swede Spot with “A Man Called Ove”

Next to Ikea, the Music Box Films folks are perhaps the biggest importers of Swedish culture, so after bringing The 100-Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (a stinker item according to our review) to auds and nabbing an Oscar nom for Best Hair and Makeup, the distrib has now landed Hannes Holm’s A Man Called Ove. Expect a release sometime in 2016.

Gist: Based on Fredrik Backman’s bestseller, which has been published in more than 30 countries, this centers on a grumpy old man who has given up on everyone including himself. His life get turned upside down when a new family moves in next door.

Worth Noting: This was a winner of three Gulbagge awards (aka Swedish Oscars) including Best Actor, Make-up and Audience nods.

Do We Care?: Despite our general appreciation for noir humored Scandi content, by appearances, this break-out Swedish box office dramedy comes across as familiar golden age crisis fare we tend to be weary of.


Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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