Imagine, if you will, that we're back in 1994 and instead of Robert Zemeckis the job of directing Forrest Gump
had been handed to Jean-Pierre Jeunet who had somehow blasted the 2001, Amelie
era version of himself back in time to take the job. And then imagine that instead of shrimp and romance tying the modern day storyline of the film together that the here and now was occupied with a hundred year old man stealing a suitcase crammed full of drug money and set off cross country with it. Presto! You've got the Felix Herngren directed adaptation of Jonas Jonasson's hugely popular - over three million copies sold - novel The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared
. Here's how Wikipedia describes the plot:
Allan Karlsson is about to celebrate his hundredth birthday and a birthday party is planned at his retirement home. Allan is alert despite his age, but not so interested in the party. Instead he steps out the window and disappears. He gets hold of a suitcase of drug money and becomes chased by both drug dealers and the police.
Filled with lots of adventures, Allan's life story is told in parallel to this. He eats dinner with the future President Harry S. Truman, hitchhikes with Winston Churchill, travels on a riverboat with the wife of Mao Zedong and walks across the Himalayas on foot.
The trailer for this one is absolutely fabulous and made up about half of English dialogue, so it's easy to follow along. Check it out below.
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