A Somewhat Gentle Man (eng Anske Nill Mann)

Directed by Hans Petter Moland
  • Norway
  • 2009

The somewhat gentle man of this droll, highly satisfying black comedy has no special wishes and makes no demands. He does not give too much thought to what he does either. If he’s given some food and a place to sleep, he will give people what they want in return, whether it is a little affection or maybe, an act of violence.

It’s difficult to age with dignity - even for criminals. Ulrik (Stellan Skarsgård) has served a 12-year sentence for murder. Now he’s out. He’s in his 50s, with no future, a family that doesn’t want anything to do with him, no place to live and no job. Fortunately his old crew wants to help him. His gangster boss gets him an apartment and a job as a mechanic. Women come his way. But all this time, one thing hangs over Ulrik – he has an old score that needs to be settled. The man who squealed and sent him to jail has been found...

As director Moland wryly notes of this festival favorite, “It’s a film about our painful shortcomings, a tribute to less than perfect sex, and a worldwide campaign against the people of petty exactness that rule the world.”

Palm Springs Film Festival

Stellan Skarsgård, Jannike Kruse Jåtog, Jan Gunnar Røise, Jorunn Kjellsby, Bjørn Floberg, Aksel Hennie