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The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared


  • Directed by: Felix Herngren
  • With: Robert Gustafsson, Iwar Wiklander, David Wiberg
  • 114 Minutes

Based on the Swedish novel written by Jonas Jonasson, “The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared”, this is the unlikely and funny story of one old man, Allan Karlsson, who will live a series of odd events after escaping his retirement home. On the day of his 100th anniversary, Allan decides to step out the window and disappear since he was not that interested in his own birthday party. After escaping, Allan walks towards the bus station and ends up holding a suitcase of drug money. In the possession of several million dollars, Allan will meet new people that will join him on his adventure unforgettable adventure while they are all chased by drug dealers and the police.

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For those who have an ordinary life, Allan’s journey will be a once in a life time adventure but, for him, a dynamite expert who lived so many adventures throughout the years, the events that followed his birthday escape plan were just another story to be told. From meetings with some of the representatives of 2nd World War major forces to the nuclear tests, Allan’s life was filled with curious details that were always accompanied with a glass of vodka or wine and a huge party. And it’s precisely in the middle of these peculiar flashbacks that lies the secret weapon of this story.

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“The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared” was my first experience surrounding Swedish cinema and due to the lack of information surrounding the movie I was completely out of expectations. While Robert Gustafsson (Allan) did a pretty good job with his character, there were some elements in the movie that were a bit poor in my opinion. I laughed a lot in specific scenes but there was just something missing. Allan by one hand is an inspirational character and that it’s probably the reason why I liked this movie. In the middle of so many flashbacks and adventures, Allan’s personality is always funny and lovely to watch. But by other hand, there were some moments in the movie in which I felt a bit bored. When there’s action and comedy, the movie works really well and it’s truly entertaining but when there’s a presence of drama in the story the elements combined don’t work that well.

If you want to have a good time, I can assure you that Allan’s adventure with a suitcase filled with millions of dollars is entertaining and capable of making you laugh a lot, but if you want to see something more inspirational or dramatic, than I should warn you that unfortunately the storyline is a bit poor in that aspects. In the end, after almost two hours of watching a man being chased by drug dealers I felt like I had witnessed the most amazing and unconventional adventure of a life time. For those who have read the book, I can perfectly imagine how wonderful everything must have been.

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Overall, “The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared” was a good experience with adventures I won’t forget and with a really good performance by Robert Gustafsson. A movie with so many unbelievable aspects that it’s hard to stop laughing about them but that unfortunately is incapable of being that amazing and inspirational story that it should be. A good time with an amazing old man that had the most unconventional life I’ve ever heard of.

“If you want to kill me, you’d better hurry, because I’m 100 years old.”




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