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

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by Jenny Hatton Mahon (subscribe)
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Published August 11th 2014
Escapades of the Elderly
Don't miss this endearing film adaptation of Jonas Jonasson's best-selling novel "The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared". It's a wonderfully quirky story of an elderly man who is looking for a bit of adventure before he meets his maker.

It all starts on his 100th birthday when Allan Karlsson, retired dynamite expert, decides it's time to break free from the old people's home. He's not fussed about attending his own party and nor is he bothered about missing the Mayor's highly anticipated arrival together with the press who are going to cover this centenarian's special day. Before the celebrations begin, Allan climbs out of his bedroom window in his slippers, into the flowerbed and makes his great escape.

And so begins his adventure involving unlikely encounters, mishaps and mayhem, hapless criminals, accidental murders, a suitcase full of cash and incompetent police.

As the story unfolds, we learn more about Allan's early life involving explosives, atom bombs, fortuitous friendships with American presidents, Russian tyrants, and Chinese communists, along with a somewhat dysfunctional and anti-social family.

If you've read the book, there are some changes to the story which might catch you off guard but much of it will be familiar. Having read the book recently, I found the storyline easier to follow, particularly as the movie is subtitled.

This movie adaptation captures the whimsical nature of the hugely popular book, leaving the audience feeling good about growing old. So much so that my slippers now lay in wait, ready for the promise of adventure in my sunset years!

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Why? Because adventures can be had at any age
When: Release date: 21 August 2014
Where: Cinemas
Cost: See cinema website for ticket prices
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