This week, BUFS is pleased to present The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (Hundraåringen som klev ut genom fönstret och försvann).
Jonas Jonasson’s 2009 bestselling novel didn’t take long to start making its way around the world, becoming a particular favourite among reading groups and book clubs. It’s no surprise, then, that the blockbuster Swedish film adaptation, Sweden’s highest-grossing film of all time, is also beginning to make the rounds, first at festivals and now in a wider release.
It’s hero, Allan Karlsson, is a man with a past—a hundred years worth of a past. After a literally explosive entry into a retirement home, he decides to make a quiet exit (through the titular window) to find another way to spend his remaining time on the planet. He winds up crossing the country with a suitcase full of drug money, some strange companions, and, at some point, an elephant, all the while staying ahead of a heated pursuit by a crossed biker gang. Nevertheless, Allan finds plenty of time to reminisce. His past, defined by his penchant for blowing up stuff, frequently intersects with the last century of world history, including a friendship with Einstein’s eccentric half-brother, some shoulder-rubbing with Stalin and Franco, a fair bit of time spent with a handful of former US presidents and the CIA, and the invention of the atomic bomb. If it sounds like nonsense, that’s because it is—and who couldn’t use a bit of nonsense?
The 100-Year-Old Man… screens Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at the Landmark Cinemas, Pen Centre. Visit brocku.ca/bufs for details.