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The 100-year-old Man who Climbed out of the Window and Disappeared

Directed by Felix Herngren

Sweden, 2013

Cornerhouse, 6 July 2014

The 100-year-old Man who Climbed out of the Window and Disappeared

Birkenstock’s are not worn by the old gimmer.

Instead, he walks around in some other (indeterminate) make of sandals.

With that crucial fact established, one can turn to the film itself, which is about an old man – a psychopathic pyromaniac, as far as one can tell – who wanders away from his nursing home.  All the people he meets are as kooky as he is.  Besides foiling a biker gang, he recounts his life and tells how he entered history.

As comedies go, it perhaps errs on the side of sentiment.  I’d have liked more of a deadpan flavour, or even a sizable dollop of callousness.

One big plus is the elephant.  There should be more films with elephants in them.

Sporadically amusing.

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