Run time: 114 mins
Based on the international best-selling novel by Jonas Jonasson, the unlikely story of 100-year-old man who decides it’s not too late to start over.
Allan Karlsson (Swedish comic Robert Gustafsson) a jovial pyromaniac, is committed to a care home (for revenge on a fox for killing his beloved cat). Allan then makes a swift exit via a window just as his own centennial birthday party gets under way.
Throughout his long life he has many accidental encounters with all sorts of key 20th Century figures, including Franco, Stalin and Reagan. The many highlights includes, meeting Einstein’s dimwit half-brother Herbert (a splendid David Shackleton) who doodles animals while Albert tackles field equations.
Allan innocently becomes caught up in a crime caper involving a suitcase full of cash, some nasty heavies, a frozen body and an elephant.
“A film that might not always make sense, but is never dull.” (Total Film)
“A soundtrack of bubbling brass and some lively cinematography keep the fires of mischief lit. Daft and delightful.” (Irish Independent)
A Swedish hit in 2013/14, this silly heart warming romp is here once more at the Rex.
It is ingenious on all levels particularly ‘daft and delightful’. Don’t miss.