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A Man Called Otto
ShowtimesMay 14:5:00 pm, 7:30 pm
Some might well advise you to read the novel upon which this is based, “A Man Called Ove,” or the first film adaptation, which came out in 2015. But it doesn’t mean director Marc Foster’s take on the story about a cantankerous widower (played here with grumpy endearment by Tom Hanks) doesn’t stand on its own. The “action” so to speak transfers from Sweden to the American suburbs which is where the very particular Otto Anderson finds himself about being shoved out the employment door at the age of 60. It’s a moment of reckoning in Otto’s organized world of rules and order and all but launches a nascent decision to end his life. But don’t let that fool you. Otto refuses to be a downer, nudging and reminding us to experience life robustly while embracing the messiness within ourselves as well as in others. It’s a redemptive tale told well with a wonderful supporting cast. It leaves an earned lump in the throat.—San Jose Mercury News
“All but the most dogged of sceptics will be charmed by the message of the redemptive power of small acts of kindness”—Observer (UK)
“It’s another memorable performance from the veteran actor, backed by a crackling good supporting cast.”—Chicago Sun-Times