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  • Writer's pictureStephen Yanni

A Man Called Otto - A Moving Journey

Updated: May 10, 2023

Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5 Stars)

Released 01-13-2023

Watched 05-06-2023

Reviewed 05-09-2023

Watched on Netflix

"Why can't people mind their own business? Idiots. Interrupting me at every turn. The more they babble, the more they drown out the memory of her voice."

A Man Called Otto, starring the ever-brilliant Tom Hanks, is a deeply moving, thought-provoking, engaging, and emotionally charged film. Hanks delivers a stellar performance as Otto, a man who faces the challenges of life with quiet dignity, despite grappling with his own personal demons. The film's sensitive portrayal of its protagonist's struggle with suicide is both its strength and, at times, a source of discomfort for viewers.

Based on the 2012 New York Times best-selling book A Man Called Ove and directed by Marc Forster an accomplished filmmaker, the movie is visually stunning and well-paced, striking a balance between moments of introspection and gripping drama. Hanks' portrayal of Otto is nothing short of extraordinary, as he masterfully navigates the complex emotional landscape of his character. Supporting actors, including Tom's son Truman who plays the younger version of Otto, also give commendable performances, providing a well-rounded cast that breathes life into the narrative.

It's important to note that 'A Man Called Otto' deals with the heavy subject matter of suicide, which can trigger or upset some viewers. The film's honest and raw exploration of this sensitive topic is commendable, but viewer discretion is advised, particularly for those who may be affected by the subject matter.


n conclusion, 'A Man Called Otto' is a remarkable film that showcases Tom Hanks' incredible acting prowess and offers a poignant insight into the human experience. It is well worth the watch for those who appreciate nuanced storytelling and powerful performances.

*Disclaimer: If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of self-harm or suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or dial 988 for immediate help and support.


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