A Man Called Ove - Neighboring MovieTom Hanks is set to star in an upcoming movie about neighboring – A Man Called Ove. Pronounced “oovay.”

The international-best-selling novel was turned into a Swedish movie in 2015. I watched the English subtitled version on Amazon Prime a few days ago. Loved it. Partly because I used to live across the street from an Ove.

The original local-language film adaptation, directed by Hannes Holm, was nominated for two Academy Awards earlier [in 2017] and was the highest-grossing foreign-language film in the U.S. in 2016. In addition, the pic was awarded the best comedy prize at the European Film Awards in 2016. – The Hollywood Reporter

Don’t let the comedy categorization fool you. There are some funny moments, but this isn’t a bright, cheery film. That said, the more somber overtones make the bright spots that much brighter.

Ove Shows Us The Highs And Lows Of Neighboring

Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.” But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?

 

Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.

 

A feel-good story in the spirit of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, Fredrik Backman’s novel about the angry old man next door is a thoughtful exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others. “If there was an award for ‘Most Charming Book of the Year,’ this first novel by a Swedish blogger-turned-overnight-sensation would win hands down” (Booklist, starred review).

It doesn’t look like a release date for the Hanks film has been set.

I hear good things about the book. I plan on listening to the audio version soon. The Swedish film is well-done, if you don’t mind the subtitles.

Or just wait for Hanks to take the screen. This is a story worthy of an actor/producer of Hanks’s caliber.

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Have you read/seen it? Let me know what you thought about it in the comments.

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