Simon (Bill Skarsgård) is a young man with Asperger syndrome. He has extremely poor social skills and borders on rude. He likes outer space, circles, lists, schedules and his brother Sam (Martin Wallström). Simon’s parents find it increasingly difficult to deal with his idiosyncrasies. So Sam decides to move him in into his own place he shares with his girlfriend Frida (Sofie Hamilton). Simon’s behaviour drives her away. Sam is distraught and Simon realizes that in order for the world to be balanced again, his brother must have a girlfriend. He designs a method of determining the ideal match. In the ensuing search he meets Jennifer (Cecilia Forss) and learns that love isn’t a formula.
This is a funny movie with many tender moments and highlighted with inane behaviour by Simon. His bluntness punctuates every joke and combined with that dry Nordic humour, it really works. The director had some nice visuals and he adds in some techy graphics. The first quarter of the movie felt sluggish but after that, it built up fairly quickly and became a funny quirky film.
Unlike Autism, people with Aspergers don’t avoid social contact. Simon doesn’t like to be touched and may come across as being selfish. He can also be intense and has a tendency to be repetitive. A friend who’s seen this movie and familiar with the condition, confirms that people with Aspergers behave like Simon.
The actors all had good to great chemistry with each other, with Bill Skarsgård is very convincing in his role. The apple didn’t fall far from the tree, Bill Skarsgård is Stellan Skarsgård’s youngest son and his brother Alexander and Sam are both fine actors in their own right.