Well mounted but overloaded with whimsy, Andreas Ohman's pic applies a twist to a standard sitcom premise.

Well mounted but overloaded with whimsy, Andreas Ohman’s “Simple Simon” applies a twist to a standard sitcom premise: Younger brother can’t live without older brother, and must find a new gal for him when he’s jilted. Younger brother, however, has Asperger syndrome, which the film uses to turn him into a kind of human alien who fantasizes about outer space. As Simon, Bill Skarsgard impresses even as the comedy hobbles across the finish line. A modest fest profile and sales in Euro territories appear certain.

When not imagining himself hurtling through the galaxy (his favorite film is “2001: A Space Odyssey”), Simon demands predictable order and routine in his everyday life, resists being touched and has no grasp of human emotions. But when brother Sam (Martin Wallstrom) is dumped by g.f. Frida (Sofie Hamilton), life gets messy and Simon grows unhinged. The lad’s attempt to match Sam up with attractive Jennifer (Cecilia Forss) is more belabored than charming, and Ohman tends to force his sense of cockeyed comedy.

Simple Simon

Sweden

Production

A Naive Film presentation in co-production with Sonet Film/Dagsljus/Scenkonstbolaget Film/Ljud & Bildmedia/Filmlance International/Ljudfadern/Kameraten. (International sales: Svensk Filmindustri, Stockholm.) Produced by Bonnie Skoog Feeney, Jonathan Sjoberg. Executive producers, Peter Possne. Directed by Andreas Ohman. Screenplay, Ohman, Jonathan Sjoberg.

Crew

Camera (color), Niklas Johansson; editors, Ohman, Mikael Johansson; music, Josef Tuulse; production designer, Sandra Lindgren; costume designer, Casandra Cornelio. Reviewed at Wilshire screening room, Beverly Hills, Nov. 9, 2010. Running time: 86 MIN.

With

Bill Skarsgard, Martin Wallstrom, Cecilia Forss, Sofie Hamilton. (Swedish, English dialogue)

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