Film Review: The 100 Year Old Man

The 100 Year Old Man (Who Climbed Out of a Window and Disappeared) is easily the best film I’ve seen all year. And I was lucky to see it…  It has only a limited release and it was brought to town by the Film Society for just six screenings over two weekends.

The Swedish film is based on a best seller novel by the same name by a Swedish author. Narrated portions of the film are in English but dialogue is in Swedish with subtitles.

The plot revolves centenarian Allan Karllson, who decides to leave a retirement home on his 100th birthday and has quite the adventure after inadvertently coming into possession of a suitcase with unusual contents. The film is an absurdist comedy which has the audience…exploding… into laughter every few minutes.

You see, Allan has a fascination with blowing things up and there are many explosions throughout the film, most (but not all) his doing. Throughout it all, he is very focused on alcohol and often affably tipsy in many scenes.

There are shades of Forest Gump because, like Gump, Allan influences a number of key historical events. The historical scenes are presented as flashbacks throughout the film and the ending is set up because of one of those events.

I don’t want to spoil the film, so I won’t reveal any specific scenes. But I guarantee you’ll leave with a smile on your face. If the film comes to your town, see it. This is my choice for 2015 Best Foreign Film.

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