The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (100-sai no Kareinaru Boken)
Director Felix Herngren
Language Swedish, German, English (subtitled in Japanese)
Opens Nov. 8

The years are short, but the days are long. The title of this film is even longer. Not that it necessarily explains itself; what matters in “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared” is what happens to the old coot before and after his escape.

A centenarian has a lot of life experiences to recount, and in the case of protagonist Allan Karlsson (Robert Gustafsson), he could fill volumes with his life history. Allan was a dynamite expert with a lengthy and illustrious career: He consorted with world leaders, helped develop one of the world’s deadliest weapons and enthusiastically participated in many of the wars of the 20th century.

Based on Jonas Jonasson’s best-selling novel of the same name, “100-Year-Old Man” isn’t life affirming so much as age-positive. Allan manages to have a good time whether he’s 30 or 85, in the midst of war or lounging on a beach. You’ll never catch him complaining or despairing — as far as Allan’s concerned, he lived, he grew old and that’s all there is to it. The man has no intention of stopping, either. Japan’s super-aging society could use some pointers.

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