No country for old men: utopian stories of welfare society’s shortcomings in A Man Called Ove and The 100-Year-Old Man

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This article explores the similarities between the two most successful Swedish films of the past years. Through a focus on the two elderly protagonists the article discusses how the films acknowledge challenges in these men’s lives and in both contemporary and past society, but effectively repackage any serious issue in a form that remains palatable to audiences in Sweden and internationally. Themes discussed include the Swedish welfare state, community and new families of choice, as well as aspects of globalization.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Studies on Film


  • Welfare society, family, ageing, reflective nostalgia, flashback narration, blockbuster
Original languageEnglish
Article number1438732
Pages (from-to)48-55
JournalJournal of Aesthetics and Culture
Issue numberSup1
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Publication categoryResearch