A Man Called Ove: potbellied, permanently scowling, severely aged, sporting an ugly plaid flat cap, whiling away his days meddling in the business of others. Ove represents Sweden's brand of the lovable curmudgeon archetype, but the timeworn tropes ring true through the subtleties. Yet he’s anchored by a distinctly Swedish sense of melancholy: When he’s not berating the neighbors in his planned community for disobeying the development’s strictures, he routinely tries to kill himself for reasons that manifest as the film progresses. A Man Called Ove’s regional premiere couldn’t come at a more opportune time: Its novel source material of the same name has spent 40 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list, where it stands at number two at the time of this writing. A surprisingly tremendous box office success in its native country, it was even chosen as Sweden’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film for next year’s Academy Awards. See it now, before Clint Eastwood options the American remake. A Man Called Ove opens Friday at the Classic Gateway Theater (1820 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale). Tickets cost $8.50 to $11. Call 954-763-7994 or visit classicgateway.com.
If you live in South Florida, you’ve seen plenty of men like the titular character of the movie