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  • Actors: Robert Gustafsson, Iwar Wiklander, David Wiberg, Mia Skäringer, Jens Hultén
  • Directors: Felix Herngren
  • Producers: Felix Herngren, Malte Forssell, Patrick Nebout
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English, Swedish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Oct. 2014
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (229 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00LCXKTDW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 653 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

Swedish adventure comedy based on Jonas Jonasson's bestselling novel. Despite having reached his 100th birthday, Allan Karlsson (Robert Gustafsson) still has a sharp mind. Keen to avoid the party that his retirement home have organised for him, Allan climbs out of his bedroom window and begins an escapade featuring criminals and a stash of drug money. Allan, however, is not new to adventure - during his lifetime he was involved with many significant events which changed the course of history and became associated with world leaders and other notable figures along the way.

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4.1 out of 5 stars

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Andy Sweeney TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Oct. 2014
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As somebody who thoroughly enjoyed the book, I was both interested in and slightly worried about just how good a film interpretation would be. Pleasingly, I believe they have managed to re-tell the story in a slightly different but effective way and, although there are subtle character changes and bits left out completely, I always got the impression that a very faithful copy of the book as a film would probably be a little too complex and convoluted anyway. There are already plenty of voice-over narrative moments in the film as it is, so the compromises the screenplay adaptation made all seem to be sensible ones. In all honesty, I wouldn't say that this is a classic film, merely a very good one, but there are more than a handful of memorable moments; the demise of Alan Ford's typically nasty character being one of them. The acting is excellent throughout from the whole cast and the witty dialogue as well as the many visual jokes kept me chuckling throughout. Potentially, if I hadn't read the book and was experiencing the storyline for the very first time, I may have given this full marks, but, inevitably, when you have heard the story before and are forever doing mental comparisons, the enjoyment tends to be slightly impaired. I certainly enjoyed the European art-house feel of this presentation, but wouldn't say no if the Coen Brothers wanted to make an American version either. If possible, watch the film first, then read the book; that way, I think you can get the very most out of both mediums. However, if you have already read the book, as I had, I think you can still get a huge amount of pleasure from watching this very worthy film adaptation.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By John Walton on 31 July 2014
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This film just should not work, commentary in English, dialogue in Swedish (subtilted..), but it's charm and humour break through.
It's very close to the book (read this book !!) and the actors characterisations are spot on. The elements in the novel not included in the film version in no way detract from the overall enjoyment of a marvelously quirky movie.
I'm pre-ordering the Blue Ray as I'm sure it's a film that I will enjoy more than once.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mike J VINE VOICE on 7 Nov. 2014
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I liked the idea of the story to this film, but when I realised it was in Swedish, my hopes weren't high. I wasn't sure if I would get the Swedish sense of humour, and I'm not a fan of sub-titles.

I was very pleasantly surprised, it's actually a good film, funny, with a good story.

The essence of the film is that a 100 year old guy who has done and seen a lot in his life, leaves his retirement home, unintentionally steals a suitcase from a gang and is then pursued for its return. Einstein and Stalin pop up, and it even turns out this guy helped design the first atomic bomb, all presented in a believable way.

The film reminded me of a big mix of Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch and Inglorious B***ards... it even has `Brick Top' in it... as Brick Top! The humour is dark and not silly, with various people regularly getting killed in a variety of accidental ways.

Watch out for the best ever `dead man face plant' as they stop the rail bike.

Well worth a watch, but it is a subtitled mix of English and Swedish.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sparrowhawk on 1 Mar. 2015
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My husband and I had both read and thoroughly enjoyed the book, in fact it's one of my favourites. I was therefore in two minds as to whether to watch the film or not as adaptations can sometimes be very disappointing. Well this one wasn't! Robert Gustafsson is excellent in the role of Alan Karlsson in fact the whole cast is great and we could immediately identify who was who. It appears that some reviewers were put off by the sub-titles but I think they worked really well, especially since there are several different languages involved. Some of the storylines from the book were missed but this is completely understandable as there is just too much content to include in one film. What was included was very true to the book and included a lot of laugh out loud moments. I understand that the author was involved in the screenplay which may explain why it worked so well. I would highly recommend this film whether you've read the book or not but if you have, you won't be disappointed.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By leftfooter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Oct. 2014
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I heard an adaptation of this book on Radio 4, which led me to read the original novel. Now I have seen the film version, However, I will also try to review it for those who will approach it for the first time.

First things first. Most of the dialogue is in Swedish, with sub-titles. However, it is easy to follow. For some reason, the voice-over narration (by the hero) is in English, and there are occasional English/American characters, who just speak in their native tongue.

The story is told in 2 threads. The main action starts with Allan, the eponymous hero, climbing out of his window at the old folks home and setting off at random, in search of one last adventure. The story follows the crazy events and odd people he encounters along the way. Intercut with this story are flashbacks to the main events of his life, starting with his birth, through childhood, to adult travels around the world (mostly driven by his one passion - causing explosions).

In this film, Allan reminds me most strongly of Forrest Gump. He makes his way through life, largely taking whatever it throws at him with calm acceptance, guided by the sage words of his dying mother. Along the way, by luck and coincidence, he manages to meet various famous characters, and find himself present at key historical events. Similarly, in the main "present day" story, he bumbles along by good fortune, managing to somehow avoid disaster at every turn.

I am struggling not to give away spoilers, as the main joy of this film is in the surprises around every corner. There is a fair measure of black comedy and lots of odd little conversations, reminiscent to me of the Coen brothers.
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