O' Horten (2007)



Critic Consensus: Bent Hamer's latest is a droll, deadpan comedy filled with strange touches and melancholy charm.

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A septuagenarian taking his penultimate voyage from Oslo to Bergen begins to mentally prepare for his final trip, but finds that sometimes things don't turn out as expected when he misses the last departure for the first time in 40 years.
PG-13 (for brief nudity)
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Baard Owe
as Odd Horten
Espen Skjønberg
as Trygve Sissener
Ghita Nørby
as Mrs. Thoegersen
Kai Remlov
as Steiner Sissener
Henny Moan
as Svea
Bjarte Hjelmeland
as Conductor
Per Jansen
as Chairman
Bjørn Jenseg
as Valkyrijen Waiter
Kari Lolland
as Vera Horten
Lars Øyno
as Connery
Anette Sagen
as Young Vera/Female Ski Jumper
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Critic Reviews for O' Horten

All Critics (85) | Top Critics (29)

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… | September 22, 2009
Orlando Sentinel
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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

Full Review… | August 23, 2009
Top Critic

The whimsy is never overplayed. The peculiar isn't teased at any character's expense.

Full Review… | July 24, 2009
Denver Post
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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.

June 26, 2009
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

Thanks to the consistent deadpan tone that Hamer and Owe establish, it's oddly satisfying.

June 19, 2009
Seattle Times
Top Critic

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… | June 19, 2009
Detroit News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for O' Horten


I thought it would be a funny little story about a guy having a hard time settling in to retirement. But not so much. It wasn't funny, aside from one scene with an adorable little boy and for the most part it was boring. It had the potential, it just let me down in a really slow, painful way.

Alexis Nomm
Alexis Nomm

Super Reviewer


"O'Horten" is an odd little movie about an unassuming man named Odd(Baard Owe). Living alone, the only person he feels a connection to is his mother(Kari Loland). Turning 67, he is retiring from his job as a railway engineer. His plan is to fly back after his last run but oversleeps in a room not his own.(Long story, trust me.) Even after that, he continues to wear his uniform. And after watching life pass him by for so many decades, he has not decided what to do next which leads him on a series of low key adventures, shot in a deadpan style. In the end, "O'Horten" has little else to say on the subject of retirement and growing older except the light at the end of the tunnel may not be an oncoming train. However, the film does have a well-crafted message about how women should be allowed to compete in ski jumping. If you have the cojonoes to perform in this sport, then gender is totally irrelevant.

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

Typically melancholic meditation on retirement encased in a meandering plot where the lead bumps into a host of eccentrics who aid his introspection. Slight but not without charm.

Gordon Anderson
Gordon Anderson

Super Reviewer

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