It’s not very often that we see a Swedish comedy. The 100-year-old man who climbed out the window and disappeared is certainly not Ingmar Bergman, but it is one heck of an absurdist comedy. The main character is Allan Karlsson (Robert Gustafsson), who on his hundredth birthday, like the title says, climbs out the window of the old folks’ home. At the bus station, as he is waiting for the next bus out-of-town, Allan runs into a skinhead who has to go to the toilet, and asks Alan to keep an eye on his suitcase. But Alan’s bus is leaving and he boards it with the suitcase. When the suitcase is opened, it is full of money belonging to a gangster. Pretty soon, everyone is trying to find the old man and/or the money. As this story unfolds, we see snippets of Alan’s life in flashback. As a child, Alan got obsessed by explosives and blowing things up . As an adult, he worked building bombs, and also got to interact with great men. Alan meets Truman, Franco, Stalin, Churchill, Reagan and others. In the funniest chapter, he encounters Herbert Einstein, Albert’s dumber (and fictional?) brother. If the film lags a bit in the middle, it picks it up again towards the end for a great, funny finale that includes an elephant named Sonya. The film is helped by a lively score with a tuba, composed by Matti Bye.
And the nominees are… The team of Love Larson and Eva von Bahr are nominated for Makeup and hairstyling. This is a rare occurrence for a foreign film. I don’t think it stand a chance.
The 100-year-old man who climbed out the window and disappeared (Hundraåringen som klev ut genom fönstret och försvann)