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


With a title like this “The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared,” your interest is piqued. Your interest is further kindled when you hear the opening lines of the film. Pardon me if the dialog is not verbatim, but it went something like this.

“No one has meant to me more in my life than my dear Molotov.”

“And then I lost him and suddenly I blasted my way into a retirement home.”

And thereby hangs the tale of  Allan Karlsson, played by Robert Gustafsson, a 100 year old man. Karlsson has led a fairly unorthodox life and you can imagine that he hates being confined in a retirement home. So, on his 100th birthday he simply decides to climb out of the window and disappear and thus begins a wild and improbable journey filled with stolen money, thugs, murder and detectives. And the story is laced with generous flashbacks to Karlsson’s life that takes you through World I, Spanish Civil War, World War II, Stalin’s Russia and The Manhattan Project. How does Karlsson get to be in all these important historical events? It has to do with his penchant for explosives.

I was not sure what to expect when I sat down to watch this hit Swedish film based on a famous novel by the same name. This was a funny and quirky film that I quite enjoyed. The film is a bit understated in its humor and action, and at times does remind you of Tom Hanks’ “Forrest Gump.”  The film has English subtitles.

The film is directed by Felix Herngren.

“The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared,” released on May 15, 2015 in San Francisco Bay area.

  • Title: The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
  • Running Time: 114 minutes
  • Status: Released
  • Country: Sweden
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