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A Somewhat Gentle Man


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  • Actors: Stellan Skarsgard, Bjorn Floberg, Gard B. Eidsvold, Jorunn Kjellsby, Jannike Kruse
  • Directors: Hans Petter Moland
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Norwegian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Strand Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: May 3, 2011
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004N1JGI4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,875 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Somewhat Gentle Man" on IMDb

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Ulrik (Stellan Skarsgard - Good Will Hunting, Mamma Mia!) 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. This dark feel good comedy delivers laughs and gasps in equal measure.

In Norwegian with English Subtitles

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As the title promises, Stellan Skarsgård plays a somewhat gentle man in this deadpan Norwegian comedy. After 12 years behind bars for murder, Skarsgård's Ulrik, whose ratty ponytail contributes to his sad-sack demeanor, reunites with crime boss Jensen (Bjørn Floberg, Skarsgård's Insomnia nemesis), who sets him up with a mechanic gig and a rented room. Unfortunately, his favors don't come for free: Jensen expects Ulrik to kill the snitch who reported his crime, except his legit new life keeps getting in the way. First, his stone-faced landlady expects sexual favors for her hospitality, which Ulrik dutifully obliges. Then, he reconnects with his estranged son, whose fiancée is expecting their first child. When the garage manager, who has a heart condition, ends up in the hospital, Ulrik steps in to run the joint with blunt bookkeeper Merete. After he rescues her from an abusive ex, she asks him out. Though his supervisor warned him to keep his dealings with her professional, Ulrik can't resist, thus putting his job in jeopardy. At that point, everything falls apart, and Ulrik grudgingly returns to the criminal life, knowing it will only push his son further away. From start to finish, Skarsgård makes all the right moves, though the script lets him down whenever a depressed woman flings herself at him, resulting in some seriously un-sexy sex scenes, but Hans Petter Moland, who directed the Swedish actor in Zero Kelvin and Aberdeen, wraps up Ulrik's moral quandary in dramatically satisfying and darkly amusing fashion. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Customer Reviews

Great lighting, story line and cinematography as well.
Elizabeth Littlejohn
Ultimately, it's a celebration of life and how you can find fulfillment in small things, without needing to "make a splash".
F. L. P. Souza
Mostly, my mouth dropped a few times and then I laughed, but I wouldn't say that the sex scenes were meant to be arousing.
K. Conner

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Conner on June 12, 2011
Format: DVD
My husband and I watched this last night, and thought it was great. It's from Norway, and so is subtitled. I think that Norway has one of highest standards of living in the world, but you wouldn't know it from the people and scenery in this movie. There are some sporadic bursts of violence, but nothing extreme (except one part where I cringed), but it's pretty mild. The humor is dry; we thought it was very funny, and didn't feel like it dragged at all.

The sex was...I'm not sure what to say; it wasn't offensive, wasn't violent, was NOT for kids. It's European which doesn't think sex and nudity is as big a deal as us Americans do. Mostly, my mouth dropped a few times and then I laughed, but I wouldn't say that the sex scenes were meant to be arousing.

I'd rate this 5-stars for several reasons: We really had no idea what was going to happen in the movie--a great story. Funny, light-action,light-romance... Plus, how often do you see movies from Norway?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Harbour on December 15, 2011
Format: DVD
Stellan Skarsgard delivers a masterful, understated performance as an ex-con desperately trying to stay an ex-con while attempting to connect with his son and his expecting daughter-in-law (who was told he had died, not that he was in prison). The supporting cast fills out the movie with grounded, believable, often off-kilter characters and much of the film has a wry sense of humor to it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steven S on March 23, 2012
Format: DVD
I am a fan of Stellan Skarsgard and that's the only reason that I decided to give this a shot. It was an enjoyable movie and I was pleasantly surprised as I didn't know what to expect. The humor in this is not over-the top but it is subtle and makes for an entertaining movie. Throw in a little drama and interesting tidbits and you have a great movie which is what this is. I definately recommend watching and or buying.
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This excellent Norwegian film with English subtitles is touted to be "one of the funniest movies," but it really isn't, in my view, a movie designed only to be funny. It has sad and sober parts, and properly so. Ulrik, an ex-convict, released from prison after a term of twelve years for murder, wants to be left alone. He seems a brooding man for virtually the entire film, seldom smiling. Numerous things go wrong for him during most of the film. He is released early and is not met by his buddies, fellow gang members who want him to kill the man who squealed on him. The gang head keeps telling him that Ulrik owes him; after all, he gave money to Ulrik's ex-wife and son during the twelve years that Ulrick was in prison. But did he? The gang leader takes Ulrick to a terrible place to live. He is introduced to an unattractive, overweight landlady, who will be making demands on Ulrick. He is taken to a shop to work as a mechanic where the owner warns him not to make out with the secretary.

This boss speaks with rapid speed, and delivers what he wants to say as if he were delivering a sermon, thereby adding to the humor of the story. Humor is also added by what happens to Ulrick and several women who offer him sex and how the sex act is done, and the reactions of both parties, and the jealousy that is created.

Viewers will find it interesting to see whether Ulrick decides to take revenge and how he reacts to the various pressures placed upon him.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 29, 2013
Format: DVD
I was browsing the foreign movie section at my local library and stumbled upon this. I took a quick look at the DVD jacket and decided to take a chance on this.

"A Somewhat Gentle Man" (2010 release from Norway; 113 min.) brings the story of Ulrik, a middle-aged guy who just got released from a long stint in jail (for what we later learn is a murder of another man). Ulrik is picked up at his jail release by several shady-looking characters. Ulrik gets a place to stay at the sister of one of them, and then gets a job as a car mechanic upon the recommendation of one of them as well. But several questions pop up: there is a man out there with whom Ulrik's shady friends (or is it Ulrik himself) have an account to settle with. Why? To tell you more would ruin your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: this is billed as a comedy, and that it is, despite the shady business going on, but it is a very dry sense of humor that is being displayed. I didn't laugh out loud during the movie, but I did smile and chuckle quite a few times. Also, the picture of Norway that we see in this movie is not the postcard nice image of Norway that we would normally expect, it is grim, cold, and sometime outright depressing. Bottom line, this is a okay movie but one that I wouldn't rush out to see again.
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By Charles K Bartley on January 3, 2014
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I was never disappointed in the movie. From the beginning to the end I was excited to watch the movie.
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