I recently experienced a moving story revolving around an old man of Nordic descent surviving the death of his free-spirited wife, and engaging in behaviour that threatens his own life. In the process, he inadvertently met and became reluctantly entwined with a pushy younger person-of-colour. The old man is a very disagreeable curmudgeon who spends his time talking to his deceased wife as if she is still around, and antagonising representatives of the state looking to put elderly persons into assisted living. Some of the major challenges we see him deal with in the course of the story includes resisting people trying to buy him out of his home to make way for development, handling the sorrow of not being able to have children with his wife, and watching his wife’s health deteriote until her eventual demise. He also deals with smaller challenges like people accidentally running over his mailbox, and an annoying dog. Through all this, we see the old man soften and become more accepting of others like letting a younger person-of-colour with daddy issues into his house, and adopting a furry animal he dislikes. In time, he even assumes the role of a father figure in the life of the pushy younger person-of-colour who does not have one, and bestows upon that person-of-colour a legacy that came to bear the name of his dead wife and embodies what she stood for in life.
Am I talking about the 2012 Swedish novel A Man Called Ove, or the 2009 Pixar film Up?