Foreign Film Friday – The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

Based on a novel of the same name, The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared is a Swedish comedy film.


Allan Karlsson is the 100 year old man of the title, who has lived a fascinating life as an explosives expert. His work has taken him all over the world and introduced him to many important people. It has also put him right in the center of many historical events. This all happens despite the fact that he lacks a true awareness of the gravity of his actions and choices. He is not stupid, but retains a certain innocence which shelters him from fear, doubt and disappointment. Allan lives by his mother’s advice to take life as it is.

On the day of his 100th birthday, Allan climbs out of his window and takes off with no plan or destination in mind. He stops at the local train station to buy a ticket for as far as his money will take him. While waiting for the train, a young, dangerous man rushes in to use the bathroom and asks Allan to hold his suitcase. Allan then boards the train with the mysterious suitcase still in hand to head off on his last adventure.

Along the way, Allan makes friends out of strangers and begins to acquire his own unique family. All the while, he is unaware that some very angry and dangerous men are pursuing him, intent on recovering their suitcase full of cash.


I loved this film! I cannot remember the last time I laughed so hard. Allan’s unique blend of blissful ignorance and his ability to be in the right place at the right time, leads to some downright hilarious moments. His lack of guile makes him the perfect straight man in this black comedy. Allan acts as the catalyst for all the crazy moments and sequences that occur.

His example of fearlessly pursuing a new adventure despite his age, attracts new friends and experiences. In fact, I wouldn’t mind having a friend like Allan. His story is proof that age does not have to limit us and that life isn’t over until you are dead. As long as you breathe it is never too late to start again.


The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared is rated R for language and violence. If you don’t mind this and you are a fan of black comedy or just need to escape it all with a good laugh, then I can’t recommend this film enough. It is available to stream on iTunes, Amazon and YouTube. It can also be purchased on DVD.


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