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O' Horten Reviews

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Mike Edwards
What Culture

It entertains from start to finish and tells a story that is not just fun but in its inimitably gentle way has something to teach us all as well.

Full Review Source: What Culture | Original Score: 3.5/5

March 1, 2011
Aaron Hillis

If you can settle into [Baard Owe's] playful deadpan rhythms, a bittersweetly funny, existential mystery -- or call it a modest adventure, if that's not too oxymoronic -- awaits.

Full Review Source: GreenCine | Original Score: 7/10

November 17, 2009
James Plath
Movie Metropolis

O'Horten won't be for everyone, but if you enjoy character-driven films that also treat the landscape as a character, this one has a certain charm and appeal.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 7/10

October 13, 2009
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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It's a film whose pleasures come slowly, as we, like the title character, discover the joys he's missed. Best of all, we, like Odd the Norwegian bachelor, figure out it is never too late to start living.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/5

September 23, 2009
Justin Strout
Orlando Weekly

O' Horten moves slowly, sometimes excruciatingly so, but its thematic center is strong: How do you run out the clock of life?

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly | Original Score: 4/4

September 18, 2009
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...a fable that relies less on fantastical transport than the defrosting of cool faculties; less on the titillation of the senses than the thawing of frozen hearts.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 88/100

September 9, 2009
Jonathan F. Richards
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Hamer creates a quirky, beguiling, and very funny mood piece that reflects on age, adventure, uncertainty, and humanity. Owe gives the character of Horten an off-center dignity that will suggest comparisons to Jacques Tati and Buster Keaton

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August 23, 2009
Boyd van Hoeij

The decidedly Nordic -- though not at all glacial -- O'Horten is a mixture of sweetness and deadpan that proves the Kaurismäki/Andersson school of filmmaking still has new delights in store.

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August 16, 2009
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

As an old man, Horten is a rare movie hero, but the director reminds us that other things are more ancient; in one scene, Horten hefts a meteorite that predates the sun, and in another scene, Strindberg is quoted: 'In due time, even the stars must fall.'

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 10, 2009
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

It's not conventional at all.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 3/4

August 7, 2009
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

A spare and perfectly droll kinda-sorta comedy.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 7, 2009
Sean O'Connell
Charlotte Weekly

Episodic ... (but) reflective of life and the fluidity with which it passes.

Full Review Source: Charlotte Weekly | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 6, 2009
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

This unremarkable fellow finds himself in some strange circumstances, thanks to the imagination of writer/director Bent Hamer.

| Original Score: 3/4

July 24, 2009
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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The whimsy is never overplayed. The peculiar isn't teased at any character's expense.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

July 24, 2009
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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This yarn about a train conductor whose life goes off track is Nordic to its bones: efficient, humane and droll in small measures.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3/4

June 26, 2009
Marc Mohan

Director Bent Hamer keeps things drily amusing throughout.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: B+

June 19, 2009
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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Thanks to the consistent deadpan tone that Hamer and Owe establish, it's oddly satisfying.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

June 19, 2009
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Pointedly strange and whimsical, O'Horten mixes the surreal with the mundane in its depiction of the retirement and eventual rebirth of a train engineer.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B

June 19, 2009
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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Bent Hamer has proved himself an apt pupil of such deadpan comic filmmakers as Jim Jarmusch and Aki Kaurismaki.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

June 19, 2009
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Quiet and lovely, its subtle pleasures reminded me of Erik Satie's 'Gymnopedie.'

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 19, 2009
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