Movie review – The Hundred-Year-Old man who climbed out the window and disappeared (2013)

Whereas most of us may come to believe death is just awaiting us around the corner when turning 100, Allan Karlsson decides that is the perfect occasion for a fresh start. So regardless of the magnificent party being thrown in his honor, he silently slips away from his retirement home.

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared narrates the life and deeds of a centenarian man who witnessed and even took part in countless historical events during the 20th century, while travelling around the globe. Such historical events include collaborating in the creation of the atom bomb, becoming friends with General Francisco Franco, Caudillo of Spain, and getting to know Joseph Stalin, Albert Einstein’s brother and Mao Tse-tung among many other historical figures. The story intercuts flashbacks to Karlsson’s childhood and youth with the present time, where he is getting involved in new exciting experiences such as being chased by both drug dealers and the police after stealing a suitcase full of drug money form a random passenger at a bus station.

This Swedish comedy film is based on the novel of the same name by Jonas Jonasson. It was released in 2013 and screened in more than 40 countries. Karlsson’s incredible ability to come out unharmed from all kinds of dangerous and risky situations will keep the spectator amused during the 112 minutes of his world-traveling activities. Heart-warming, moving, intrepid and incredibly adorable are the words that best describe both the movie itself and its main character.

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