The movie

A Man Called Otto

Otto is a grump who's given up on life following the loss of his wife and wants to end it all. When a young family moves in nearby, he meets his match in quick-witted Marisol, leading to a friendship that will turn his world around.

Length: 125 min
Country: United States
Language spoken: English
Language subtitles: Dutch
Cast: Tom Hanks, Mariana Treviño, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Rachel Keller, Truman Hanks, Mike Birbiglia
Director: Marc Forster
Release date: 09/02/2023


A remake of Hannes Holm’s Swedish Oscar-nominee ‘A Man Called Ove’ which in turn was based on the comic and moving New York Times bestseller, the latest Tom Hanks vehicle has him essaying the role of Otto Anderson, a gruff and grieving widower with entrenched habits. When a busy young family moves in opposite him, he has to deal with the very kind and heavily pregnant Marisol (Mariana Treviño). Otto is about to have his life turned upside down in what amounts to a funny and heartwarming story.

‘The biggest win of Forster’s adaptation is its worthwhile message about the small wins of everyday people who operate as a functioning and harmonious community against the evils of faceless corporations. “A Man Called Otto” isn’t exactly as philosophical as “About Schmidt” or as socially conscious as “I, Daniel Blake,” two films that occasionally hit similar notes. But it’s nevertheless a wholesome crowd-pleaser for your next family gathering.’—Tomris Laffly,