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The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared Review


Very Good

With echoes of Forrest Gump and Zelig, this jaggedly funny Swedish adventure traces the life of a centenarian who interacts with key figures throughout the 20th century. But this isn't a heartwarming slice of sentimentality; it's a blackly comical exploration of humanity's obsession with destruction. Although everything is played with such a silly sense of humour that it feels rather lightweight.

The title character is Allan (Robert Gustafsson), who has been obsessed with explosives since he was a young boy. Orphaned at 10, his passion for blowing things up leads him into the Spanish Civil War, where he gets to know General Franco. He then goes on to help Oppenheimer develop the A-bomb and works as a double-agent during the Cold War. Now on his 100th birthday, he's still on the prowl, breaking free from a party at his nursing home and going on the run. He steals a suitcase full of cash from violent thugs (Jens Hulten and Sven Lonn) who chase him, as does a nosey but exhausted cop (Ralph Carlsson). Along the way he teams up with a bored retiree (Iwar Wiklander), an indecisive academic (David Wiberg) and an elephant-rescuing activist (Mia Skaringer).

While recounting this wildly ridiculous romp, filmmaker Felix Herngren continually flashes back to key events from Allan's life, as he interacts with the likes of Stalin, Einstein, Truman, Reagan and Gorbachev, shifting the course of human history in the process, generally without even noticing what's happening around him. Since it's played as a fable, everything is as wildly contrived as it needs to be, packed with coincidences and some very silly slapstick. It's shot and edited with lively wit, and the script is a riot of unexpected humour, big laughs and charming sentiment. Intriguingly, the comedy is underscored with a serious theme about how carelessly men play around with their ability to destroy each other.

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Amadeus Warnebring was born into a musically gifted family. His parents are successful classical composers and his brother is a famous conductor. Unfortunately for them, Amadeus is tone deaf and hates music as a result. Instead of following his family into music, he becomes a policeman. One day, he is called onto the scene of a crime: there's a ticking bomb that's about to go off.

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Show Me Love Review


Excellent
To get an idea of Show Me Love, take the average teen movie, subtract plot holes, add quality acting, substitute a lesbian couple, translate to Swedish and subtitle. The result: a simple movie that the art establishment adores for the simple reason that it is a Swedish Lesbian Romance. The film is called bold due to its original title (Fucking Åmål), and the critical establishment throws flowers at its feet.

Now I may be a critic, but I am not part of the establishment. Yet I will still throw flowers at the feet of Show Me Love. Why? Not because its Swedish (although I do love the two Swedish films I have seen). Not because it's a lesbian flick. But because, pound for pound, Show Me Love is as good of a Hughesian romantic comedy that I have seen since Can't Hardly Wait.

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