He is a pasty, sullen, smoking ex-con in a Norwegian town defined by dirty snow and fishy food. He works as a mechanic and has mechanical sex with two drably available women. He begins to shrug off his criminal instincts, even feeling a nagging pull of loyalty. He is acted superbly by Stellan Skarsgård and directed with deadpan naturalism by Hans Petter Moland. The comedy of this sneaks up on you, like that more-surreal film about an aging Nordic loner, O’Horten. 2011. (2011) — David Elliott
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