A Man Called Ove

A grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door. 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.

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This little community of people who fight and give this man a reason to live while he's looking for ways to die. It is a devastatingly, hopeful and charming story. It is unique in its bluntness as this man tries many times to kill himself and relives some of the sweetest memories of his life, but also some of his biggest tragedies. You get to know him and fall in love with him and his big heart that he tries to cover with crass and ugliness.

The cute nuances like the funeral procession walking his same neighborhood watch route or every time he huffs when seeing a Volvo makes this story enduring. The details between the sadness and the light that are a constant tug-a-war in this work of art. A Man Call Ove was a heartwarming, pure story of love.

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