The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (Music Box Films, R)

The-Hundred-Year-Old-Man 75The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared follows the most random and intertwined plot that I have seen in a while.

 

 

 

 

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Based on the bestselling Swedish novel by Jonas Jonasson comes The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, the peculiar story full of mind-blowing adventures, directed by Felix Herngren. Allan Karlsson (Robert Gustafsson) delivers a very believable performance of an old explosives enthusiast who is bored out of his mind locked up in a retirement home, so he decides to climb out the window on his one-hundredth birthday.

His fascinating journey starts soon after when he arrives at the bus station and buys a ticket to the middle of nowhere with the only change he has. Waiting for the bus, a young, dangerous-looking local gang member forces him to hold his luggage while he runs to the restroom. Shortly, Allan’s bus arrives and he boards it still holding the bag. Reaching his destination (the middle of nowhere), he immediately makes a new friend, Julius (Iwar Wiklander) over his favorite thing in the world, a bottle of vodka.

The aggressive gang member barges in on their little session, violently requesting his bag, and they accidentally kill the gang member, forgetting him in the freezer. As you might have guessed, the luggage is full of drug money. This discovery sets them off on a busy, yet kind of slow-evolving, trip without any particular endpoint. Allan isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed, and they often avoid absolute disaster merely by luck (or by the skin of their teeth).

Along the way they encounter a handful of unusual people; for example Benny, who has been in college for 18 years straight taking 920 credits, but still doesn’t know what he wants to be, or the rest of the intimidating biker gang trying to get back their cash, which actually belongs to an English drug lord (Alan Ford).

My favorite random story development is when Allan, Benny, and Julius find themselves crashing with Gunilla (a gang member’s ex-girlfriend, of course), who has a real, stolen elephant called Sonya in her barn.

As if all of that wasn’t enough, the constantly evolving present-day story is tangled up with flashbacks from Allan’s past, full of unbelievable and crazy experiences from history all over the globe. For example: he saved General Francisco Franco’s life in the Spanish Civil War, he helped build the atomic bomb with J. Robert Oppenheimer, he got imprisoned with Albert Einstein’s demented brother in Russia, he got drunk with a couple of the Presidents of the United States, and played a double-agent-spy in the Soviet Union. Even though these are pretty amusing to watch, they seem to come at completely random points in time, mostly lacking any connection to the present.

The whole film is also very multi-lingual, but most of it is in Swedish; additionally, Allan’s narrating voiceover comes on top of it in fluent English. The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared follows the most random and intertwined plot that I have seen in a while. | Lea Vrábelová

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