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Based on Jonas Jonasson’s hugely successful debut novel, many wondered if it was even worth trying to adapt this completely crazy, ridiculous and bizarre novel into a film.
In the story of a 100-year-old man on adventures ranging from spending time at a Soviet concentration camp with Einstein’s brother to blowing up bridges in the Spanish Civil war… totally crazy and hilarious! But how do you possibly turn that into a film?
Director Felix Herngren took on the task and took the Swedish audience by storm. As a measure of success, it seems like the film will do better in the box office than the hugely successful adaptations of the Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy (check out this article for more similar novels).
So if the reaction of the Nordic cinema audience is anything to go by, we can expect the film to become a major blockbuster across the world in 2014. And maybe followed by a Hollywood adaptation?
One of the key ingredients of success for the Hundred Year Old Man on the white screen is leading role actor Robert Gustafsson (pictured). The Swedish comedian and actor’s interpretation of main character Allan Karsson (think Forrest Gump, but 100-Year-Old) is so good you’d almost think the role was made for him.
We’ve been very spoilt with Nordic grim thrillers in the last few years (think Wallander series, Jo Nesbø and the Killing to name a few). But is this a turning point?
Will we start to see a wave of Nordic light-hearted novels filling our bookshelves? If so, the start is the best one possible….
While waiting for it to come to a cinema near you, watch the Hundred Year Old Man movie trailer here (in Swedish):
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