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Nordic Film Series to show Swedish dark comedy

January 30, 2017

A Swedish film based on a best-selling novel of the same name is February’s selection for the Nordic Film Series at Finlandia University’s Finnish American Heritage Center. The film will show at 2 and 6 p.m. on Thursday, February 9 in the Heritage Center’s Martha Wiljanen Community Hall.

The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and DisappearedBased on the internationally acclaimed book by Jonas Jonasson, “The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared” is the unlikely story of a centenarian who decides it’s not too late to start over. After a long and colorful life, Allan Karlsson (the film’s main character) ends up stuck in a nursing home, so he does exactly like the title suggests and begins a quirky and unexpected journey.

Described by at least one reviewer as a cross between “Forest Gump” and the absurdist humor of Monty Python, the film was released in more than 40 countries and is the third-highest revenue grossing Swedish film of all time. The film is about two hours long, and is in Swedish with English subtitles. Viewers are cautioned that the film contains numerous instances where strong language is used; there are also some violent scenes. The film has been rated “R” so it is not recommended for young children.

The Nordic Film Series is open to the public; donations are appreciated. For more information about this showing, call (906) 487-7347.

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