A SOMEWHAT GENTLE MAN
Not So Nice
Release Date: January 14, 2011
Starring: Stellan Skarsgård, Bjørn
Floberg, Gard B. Eidsvold,
Jorunn Kjellsby, Jannike
Kruse, Aksel Hennie
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 103 minutes
Distributor: Strand Releasing
Director: Hans Peter Moland
Executive Producer: None
Producer: Stein B. Kvae, Finn Gjerdrum
Writer: Kim Fupz Aakeson
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Ulrik gets out of jail after being in prison 12 years for killing the man who had an affair with his wife. His old crime boss gets him a job as a mechanic and a place to live with his older sister. The boss also gets Ulrik a gun to kill the man who squealed on Ulrik, the younger brother of the man Ulrik killed. The boss points out to Ulrik that, while Ulrik was in jail, he gave money to Ulrik’s wife and teenage son. Ulrik tries to make amends with his son, though he never wrote to him while he was in jail and Ulrik’s wife wanted the son to stay away from Ulrik and to think of Ulrik as dead.
Meanwhile, Ulrik’s ugly landlady feeds him dinner and mistakenly thinks Ulrik has the hots for her. Ulrik obligingly complies with her lust, partly because she’s a very good cook. Shortly thereafter, Ulrik defends the secretary at his garage against her violent ex-husband. The secretary becomes interested in Ulrik, so he begins an affair with her, even though he keeps up the convenient affair with the ugly landlady.
The order to kill the informant, and Ulrik’s duplicitous relationship with the two women, lead to comical complications. Ulrik decides there’s only one way to keep himself out of jail.
A SOMEWHAT GENTLE MAN has a dry and even witty comic tone. It won’t be to everyone’s taste, however. A bigger problem, of course, is the movie’s very graphic sex and explicit nudity. At one point also, Ulrik is shown completely naked. In addition, the landlady utters some crude blasphemies in a couple scenes. The blasphemies are meant as a joke, but God, and people of faith, will not be amused. Finally, A SOMEWHAT GENTLE MAN has plenty of strong foul language. Also, the solution Ulrik comes up with to deal with his boss, although it has an element of divine justice, is still a violent one.
All in all, despite some moral elements where Ulrik defends the secretary, bonds with his son and the son’s pregnant common law wife, and refuses to kill the informant, A SOMEWHAT GENTLY MAN ultimately reflects the abhorrent, aimless secular paganism gripping so much of Europe.
A SOMEWHAT GENTLE MAN has a dry, even witty comic tone. It won’t be to everyone’s taste, however. A bigger problem, of course, is the movie’s very graphic sex and explicit nudity. There is also much foul language, including some crude blasphemies uttered by the landlady.