Allan Karlsson (Robert Gustafsson), whose hundredth birthday is about to be celebrated at his retirement home, runs away – and accidentally comes across millions in drug money. A massive box-office hit in its home country, the filmmakers take us through a farce involving the geriatric, his newfound friends and a criminal gang, as well as flashbacks to the old man stumbling into one historic twentieth century event after another. Some elements are reminiscent of Forrest Gump and Being There; funny and whimsical, but its two main storylines are a bad fit. Gustafsson is worth a look as the laidback 100-year-old.
2013-Sweden. 112 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Felix Herngren. Screenplay: Felix Herngren, Hans Ingemansson. Novel: Jonas Jonasson. Music: Matti Bye. Cast: Robert Gustafsson (Allan Karlsson), Mia Skäringer (Gunilla), Iwar Wiklander (Julius), David Wiberg, Jens Hultén, Ralph Carlsson… Johan Rheborg.
Trivia: Original title: Hundraåringen som klev ut genom fönstret och försvann. Followed by The 101-Year-Old Man Who Skipped Out on the Bill and Disappeared (2016).