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A Somewhat Gentle Man Ulrik (Stellan Skarsgard), a car mechanic and proud grandfather-to-be, would qualify as entirely gentle except for a thing or two: He's just out of prison…
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A Somewhat Gentle Man

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EX-CON Stellan Skarsgard is fresh out of prison in A Somewhat Gentle Man
EX-CON Stellan Skarsgard is fresh out of prison in A Somewhat Gentle Man

Ulrik (Stellan Skarsgard), a car mechanic and proud grandfather-to-be, would qualify as entirely gentle except for a thing or two: He's just out of prison for murder. And his crime boss expects him to resume his old ways. It takes a while for the wintry humor in A Somewhat Gentle Man, Hans Petter Moland's deadpan Norwegian gangster comedy, to thaw: Every stunted, turnip-faced character is dressed for maximum drabness, and the only time the sky isn't drily gray is when it's wet with rain or snow. But Skarsgard's utter finesse in the role provides a satisfying warmth. B

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Originally posted Jan 19, 2011 Published in issue #1139 Jan 28, 2011 Order article reprints