A Man Called Ove Is a Swedish Gran Torino
by Kathy Fennessy
F rom the start of Hannes Holm's fanciful character study A Man Called Ove, Sweden's official submission for the foreign-language Oscar, it's clear where things are going: The curmudgeon of the title is going to get a wake-up call. If the tone is more overtly sentimental, A Man Called Ove plays like a Swedish variation on Gran Torino—except the cars are Volvos and Saabs.
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