Anyone fond of the whimsical works of Wes Anderson and Jean-Pierre Jeunet should connect with The Hundred-Year-Old Man. This deadpan caper comes complete with a mordant wit and a great central performance from fortysomething Gustafsson, playing Karlsson from a young man, right through to his wizened years (and making a highly convincing stab of portraying an older gent). What works less successfully is the merging of the two timelines, which mesh together awkwardly and with surprisingly little imagination. You're essentially lifted out of the present narrative and dropped into the past without much in the way of continuity between the two which kills a little of the film's momentum. Nevertheless, this isn't enough to distract from the overall enjoyment. The committed cast help sell the tall tale, and Herngren has fun in coating his flashbacks with various stylistic nods and knowing visual touches. Fans of Jonasson's source novel may find themselves a little underwhelmed here, but The Hundred-Year-Old Man is a gentle and amiable enough fantasy yarn.