Enough. That is what spurred “Allan Karlsson’s” (archival performance by Robert Gustafsson) rebellious act on his century birthday; fleeing the nursing home as they prepare his celebratory feast; he is spry, weary of the quasi-prison he is comfortably cloistered in, the ubiquitous monotony; he escapes, and viewers are treated to one of the most idiosyncratic odysseys in film history. It won an audience choice award at Chicago’s 50th International Film Festival in 2014. Revisiting this treasure, directed by Felix Henngren (based on the novel by Jonas Jonasson) increases one’s appreciation of the novelty, insightful historical romp; Allan’s past and present continue to elucidate and entertain; reminiscent of “Forrest Gump” he connects serendipitously with many of the world’s foremost leaders: Stalin, Richard Nixon, Mao, de Gaulle, and Albert Einstein’s intellectually-challenged younger brother; he is a munitions expert which is the cause of his fame and defamation; a savant, unaware of the catastrophic conclusions he has ignited.
Hilarious, poignant, quintessentially satisfying; the hundred-year-old man, climbed out of his window and marched precipitously into our hearts!