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The Hundred Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared (English Subtitled) 2014

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After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested, and decides to escape.

Starring:
Robert Gustafsson, Mia Skäringer
Runtime:
1 hour, 49 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, International, Comedy
Director Felix Herngren
Starring Robert Gustafsson, Mia Skäringer
Supporting actors Iwar Wiklander, David Wiberg, Jens Hultén, David Shackleton, Ralph Carlsson, Georg Nikoloff, Alan Ford, Simon Säppenen, Sven Lönn, Bianca Cruzeiro, Gustav Deinoff, Tumba, Sonja, Thnog Suk, Sergej Merkusjev, Manuel Dubra, Miglen Mirtchev, Anders Sanzén
Studio Studio Canal
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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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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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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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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Ingenious - heart-warming - ballbreakingly funny – entertaining to the end – Felix Herngren's "The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared" on BLU RAY is all of these things and more. Based on the best-selling book by Jonas Jonasson - think "Amelie" meets "Forest Gump" meets The Coen Brothers (firing on all sixes) but filmed in Swedish. What a breath of fresh air this wonderful film is...

It goes like this. While a butch matron heads towards Allan Karlsson's bedroom holding a marzipan cake loaded down with a sea of lighted candles - the aged but still sane Allan (played to perfection by Robert Gustafsson) climbs out the window of his enforced retirement home and does a Birthday bunk. A few minutes later – he's in his night robe and cork slippers entering a quiet bus station. There he meets a young but extraordinarily dim tattooed thug called Hinken (Sven Lonn) with a large garish suitcase who tells him crudely to 'mind' his luggage while he takes a leak in the tiny stationhouse loo that won't accommodate both him and his heavy load. But the slightly befuddled Allan is 100-years old and no longer has patience for such crap – he only wants to catch a bus leaving in three minutes to some tiny Swedish town (a one-way ticket he purchased only moments earlier with his pocket change). The problem is that Allan doesn't understand what's 'in' the pink suitcase and how valuable it is until he teams up with another old-timer Julius at the bus-stop end (played by the famous Swedish actor Iwar Wiklander). Whacked over the head with a crocket mallet – Julius puts the aforementioned thug Hinken (comes looking for his suitcase) in a home refrigeration unit on full and thereafter all Hell breaks loose once Hinken's minders don't hear from their twit.
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