A Man Called Ove
By David Henderson
I rarely recommend movies on EconLog but this is an exception. My wife and I saw A Man Called Ove last night and loved it. I would give it a 9 on a scale of 1 to 10. It’s a familiar story line: a gruff old man (actually younger than me, though) who has a grudge against the world loosens up in response to a family with 2 delightful young daughters who move in next to him. But what makes it special are three things:
1. It isn’t at all maudlin.
2. There are so many interesting twists in the plot and in the way his history is revealed, many of which caught me by surprise.
3. Finally, the reason I’m posting on EconLog, which is a site in which a major theme is liberty: the bureaucrats who messed with his life earlier and try to mess with his neighbor’s life, and, in the last 20 minutes, the action they take against a state-enabled for-profit meddler. He calls them “white shirts.” Related to this, somewhat earlier in the movie, the way he takes private action at his own expense to make a job work for someone who is handicapped.
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