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The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
Robert Gustafsson, Iwar Wiklander and David Wiberg

Rated: R for language and some violence.
Reviewed by: Jim  
Release date: May 22, 2015 Released by: Music Box Films

An amusingly silly Swedish lark will call to mind "Zelig" and "Forrest Gump" for those willing to take in a tale about an elderly learned, if more kooky than the latter (All-American -"stupid is as stupid does") person.

The awkward moniker "The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared" (fully subtitled) could very well be disconcerting to those serious folk looking for something wholesome and less skewed. Like its 'hero' in Allan Karlsson, evinced with sly, turbulent goofiness by Robert Gustafsson.

Swedish helmer Felix Herngren doesn't allow for the proceedings to stall from the moment Allan as a boy gets back at the beneficiary of a prized, if bartered Faberge egg with incendiary glee and subsequent institutionalization.

The crux of "Disappeared" has a nomadic Allan leaving his facility and dishing out comeuppances when he ends up with a suitcase full of drug money which belonged to a heartless and irately dogged biker posse.

Perhaps, like the warmth and nostalgic "Gump", Allan (no stranger to a drink) has plenty of prominent remembrances when it comes to events like the Spanish Civil War (a double agent
in it, you might say). As well as amicable interludes with Franco (Koldo Losada), as well as Truman (Kerry Shale) and Stalin (Algirdas Romualdas). And, there's the Manhattan Project that he joined on during World War II which didn't have anything to do with whiskey or rye, sweet vermouth and bitters.

The instability of Allan may work again the frivolous enjoyment of a chap with some newfangled allies who is more of a canny survivor than his fatal followers happen to be. Yet, those who come into "The 100-Year-Old Man" with a certain dry demeanor may find it enough of a quality indulgence of world cinema not to
disappear from delighting in its impurities.

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