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Empire | 'A Man Called Ove' Review

Anyone who has read Fredrik Backman’s bestselling novel, about “the kind of man who points at people he doesn’t like the look of, as if they were burglars and his forefinger a policeman’s torch”, will know exactly what to expect from Hannes Holm’s film adaptation, an Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. Everyone else should brace themselves for a blackly comic film that uses the unlikely device of multiple suicide attempts as a framework upon which to build, in flashback, the story of a man’s life, most notably the tragedies that made him the bitter, middle-aged busybody he is today.

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