Hundraåringen som klev ut genom fönstret och försvann
Director: Felix Herngren
Writer: Felix Herngren, Hans Ingemansson
Based on: Jonas Jonasson‘s novel
Cast: Robert Gustafsson, Iwar Wiklander, David Wiberg, Mia Skäringer, Alan Ford
It’s Allan’s (Robert Gustafsson) hundredth birthday but he’s not interested in celebrating in the retirement home he lives in. Instead he stages a break-out and goes on a journey that takes him much further than expected and makes him recall the most important stops in his life. And while Allan certainly isn’t the smartest person, there are many stops in his life that are important to European history in general.
The Centenarian… is basically the European attempt at Forrest Gump. Only that it didn’t work quite as well.
I think my main problem with the film that Allan wasn’t somebody I wanted to hear more about. His haplessness, his pyromania and his alcoholism weren’t exactly great recommendations for his character in general and I thought that it grew pretty tiresome pretty quickly.
My other big issue was that, unlike Forrest Gump where amidst all the absurd situations there was really emotion, where the Vietnam war was horrible, even if there was an occasional joke, this film lost that honesty and ended up being shallow. Allan is a clown; and not one that mirrors a lot of truth about humanity.
I don’t know if the book is any different. Since it’s so popular, I’m thinking that there must be something there that the film missed. Or maybe it was just lost under Allan’s old person make-up which was not particularly good.
There were some things I liked about the film, especially the secondary (or maybe tertiary?) plot about Gunilla (Mia Skäringer) and Benny (David Wiberg). That could have been a sweet little romcom, if only the hundred-year-old had not gotten in the way.