A somewhat gentle man

A somewhat gentle man

DVD - 2010 | Norwegian
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Ulrik is a somewhat gentle man, as far as gangsters go. Reluctantly back on the streets following a stint in prison, Ulrik's boss greets him with open arms and a plan to settle an old score. With a demented sense of professional pride, Ulrik's boss sets in motion a plan to right the wrong done to his star employee. The problem is, Ulrik would rather go about his own business, however mundane, than get involved with his ragtag colleagues again.
Publisher: Culver City, CA : Strand Releasing, c2010
ISBN: 9786314188443
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (103 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: En ganske snill mann


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Aug 08, 2019

Not terrible but not as impressed as some of the earlier reviewers. I thought it was more sad than comedy, even dark comedy. At least one or two thing worked out in the end.

Jun 10, 2017

Looked for more Stellan Skarsgard films having enjoyed the "In order of disappearance 2016." Found this comic crime drama that Skarsgard starred as one gentle "old" convicted murderer who was released after served 12 years in the slammer. It was hilarious seeing him succumbed to any and all "tails" he encountered as he tried to fit in his old/new community. However, his old gang wanted him back in their criminal program as a not so gentle man.

Feb 11, 2016

Had a bit of a hard time getting into it because its slow, however, I really enjoyed it. Subtitles are hard to read but worth watching.

Oct 24, 2014

A great dark gangster movie. Subtitles are hard to read at times but still a great movie. Can be a bit slow paced at times but great writing makes up for it.

Aug 27, 2014

A nice, quirky comedy in which the actors' expressions alone are enough to set off the laughter. Good script, fine deadpan acting, Skarsgard at his best.

Mar 02, 2014

What a great film! Stellan Skarsgard, the scientist in 'Thor", gets to show what a really good actor he is. And the rest of the cast can match him.
It's Norway in the winter - it's wet, it's dirty, and winter has been going on far too long. People in some of the poorest parts of town, each trying to survive, each wanting to do more than just survive.
Not just a comedy, not just a drama, but wonderful portions of both.
I really starting to love Norwegian cinema - always very fresh visuals and excellent story telling.

Advisory - lots of casual sex, and one brief full frontal shot.

Oct 20, 2013

this guy gets more ass than a toilet seat

Oct 27, 2012

Dark comedy, quirky, a good watch, a bit unsettling.


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Jun 10, 2017

I hardly know you. I don't know, how you kill people. How do you usually do it?
-I shoot them.
I'm almost disappointed. Haven't you ever used a knife?
-Those things are used to eat.
What about a frozen, sharp bone?
-One shouldn't play with food.
Wouldn't a car be good? The spare parts. The jack. Or if you just ran them over.
-Or starter cables in water. Car vax, vinyl paint... Gas could work. If you had the matches.
Did the work take away your prowess? Excuse me. Entschuldigung. I apologize for being so stupid. You won't sleep with other women, right?
Do you feel it?
When you wake up, - and realise that your life isn't over.
-Aren't you energetic!

Jun 10, 2017

Damn, was that midget tiny.
-They're called dwarfs, Rolf.
It isn't the same.
-It's just a different expression.
That same kid was short. His mom wanted him to be tall and handsome. The midget's mom always knew, that he wouldn't be winning the high jump-Olympics any time soon.
-You shouldn't mock something that can't be helped.
Look who's talking.
-I wasn't the one making fun about midgets.
I wasn't making fun about midgets.
The Pakistanis, Albanians, Arabs, Russians, Romanians. This country is full of people who want to rule the weak. No man is stronger than his crew. If the crew is weak, so is he. You're in my crew, Ulrik.
What are you doing? You don't beat kids. And you don't punch women. You're taking a taxi to the hospital, and you're going to tell them that you fell down some stairs. If I see you again, I'll kill you. Do you understand?

Jun 10, 2017

Look, Ulrik. Once you step out of that gate, - look forward. Never look back. Forward.
Life doesn't go on. It stops if someone doesn't settle their scores. That someone loses his friends. Loses his woman. Loses everything.
No one said "Thanks for the food" in our home. Not much is needed to make a woman happy. But a pinch of attention, showing some love... Kind words. Smiling. A man should be able to give those. Otherwise the woman will become bitter and cold. She gains weight. Becomes obsessed with cleaning. ...
Even tramps have feelings.
-Of course they do!
He's her father.
-No, he tried to kiss her.
But it's Poland.
We're just two old farts. It's just best to be quiet and hope not to get ill.

Jun 10, 2017

***Spoiler Alert***
Hard to be a friendly criminal:
I loaned you my car. You smoked in it and made a mess of it. You were just supposed
to shoot the informant. You couldn't even do that. No, you turn the car to a fxcking hospital. What the hell have I done to deserve you and Rolf, - and Henriksen with his shitbags and the drooling Gunnar? And that old hag, Karen Margarethe. I can't do this anymore.
You shot my brother. What would you have me do? Everyone knew it was you guys.
Henriksen, Jensen and Rolf.
-He was fxcking my wife.
He was my big brother. I couldn't lay silent.
-He was in on the car deals as well. I kept my mouth shut.
I told him "What are you doing with Ulrik's wife?" He called it love. Things like that aren't open for discussion.
If you would've just beat him up, shot him in the knee or broken his arms. ...
It isn't normal to shoot a man, even if he is screwing your wife. A lot of people wouldn't
be so violent about it.
-Back then that's the way I was.


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