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With one Oscar nomination (in the Best make-up category, 2016), director Felix Herngren’s Swedish comedy The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared seems to literally come out of Nowhere. Out in 2013 in its country of origin it slowly made its way to American screens in 2015… the nomination puts some light on a little Gem since there is more to it than just the make-up.

On his 100th birthday, a man leaps out the window of his nursing home and goes on an unexpected journey with a lot of people chasing after him when he stumbles on a suitcase loaded with drug money. Through his latest adventure, is tumultuous life-of- the-century is told through flashbacks. And this apolitical character with a strange passion to blow up things meets historical political figures (in a manner that echoes Forrest Gump but with darker twists) that shaped the 20th century with Wars. Where ever he goes, he gets mixed with foreign politics, because when there is politic there’s always occasions to blow up things…

Paced with rhythm, funny cartoon-like characters and a good dose of black humour, The The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but its cleverly done and entertaining with good production value.

(Note: You can access other Cinetalk articles about 2016 Oscars (Feb. 28) by Clicking among the tags (below this article) on Academy Awards 2016 or  Oscars 2016). More to come…

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