A Somewhat Gentle Man (En Ganske Snill Mann)

January 24th, 2012
Author: Meredith Taylor

A Somewhat Gentle Man (2010)Directed by Hans Petter Moland

With Stellan Skarsgard, Bjorn Floberg, Jorunn Kjellsby

Norway 105 mins

This dark comedy from Norway has a feel of the Coen Brothers, an amusing and highly original script and possibly some of the worst sex scenes ever – in a good way.

Ulrik, the man in question (Stellan Skarsgard) has just come out of 12 years in prison for murder and ready to start a new life.   But his former partners in crime are less keen to let him move on from the past and seem intent on helping him to gain revenge for the time he spent inside.

The strong and silent type he endures the sexual advances of his unappealing landlady and his bitter ex-wife but fails to re-kindle a relationship with his son Geir who has already told his partner that his father is dead.

Brilliant comic timing along with Skarsgard’s stoical demeanour and quiet air of resignation make this a highly entertaining drama.

Meredith Taylor

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