A Man Called Ove

     I just saw an amazing film over the holidays. Initially, I had wanted to see A Man Called Ove in theaters and I truly made a few genuine attempts to do so. However ended up renting the delightful Swedish film one night when my house was quiet. It went far beyond my expectations, which were based on all the tremendous feedback I had heard from friends and critics alike.

     Ove, pronounced Ooo-vah, is the proverbial old man who picks fights with store owners, walks around his housing complex making sure all the rules are being followed, and will let you know, he's always right.  This is someone you want to avoid. We eventually learn why he's so miserable, and how his life got to the point that it is at. I have to add here the unfolding of Ove's life is not a sappy one, in fact, it is smartly crafted and this process is what has made Fredrik Backman's novel so popular.   A new family moves into the complex. The new neighbor, a young Iranian mother will not let Ove get to her.  She is firm and holds her ground. Eventually she starts to see the real person buried underneath a multitude of self-made layers.

     I giggled, thought about days gone by and not in a sentimental sense, laughed with the new neighbors and more important, was reminded, before we can forgive people, we first have to understand them. This is such an important film to see on many fronts.  Whether you read the book or see the film, don't let this story slip away from you.  

     One of the most valuable lessons we learn from this movie is the importance of understanding others before we judge or react negatively toward them. As we all know from personal experience, it takes time to get to know someone. Time allows us to really understand and see a person for who they truly are. Often, a first impression is not accurate and even if it is, there is always more to learn about another person.


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Quote to take with you for the week:

“I am not what you see.

I am what time and effort and interaction slowly unveil.”

― Richelle E. Goodrich




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