O' Horten 2007

O'Horten

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

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At the age of 67, Odd Horten (Baard Owe) is forced to retire from his longtime job as a train engineer. Having lived nearly his whole adult life in the shadow of the railyard, he finds it difficult to adjust to his new life. After a series of strange encounters that unsettle his mood even further, Odd Horten finally meets an elderly stranger who may just give him the courage to try something new.

Cast & Crew

Baard Owe
Odd Horten
Espen Skjonberg
Trygve Sissener
Bjørn Floberg
Flo
Kai Remlov
Steiner Sissener
Per Jansen
Lokfører
Lars Oyno
Connery
Anette Sagen
Ung Vera Horten
John Christian Rosenlund
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Critic Reviews for O' Horten

All Critics (86) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (78) | Rotten (8)

  • Cinema as a mass-manufactured snow globe.

    November 16, 2011 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…

    Keith Uhlich

    Time Out
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    September 14, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    September 23, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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

    August 23, 2009 | Full Review…
  • The whimsy is never overplayed. The peculiar isn't teased at any character's expense.

    July 24, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for O' Horten

  • Oct 11, 2010
    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 N Super Reviewer
  • Aug 24, 2010
    "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 Super Reviewer
  • Jul 18, 2010
    Off-beat tale that moves very slowly. Odd Horten (Baard Owe) is forced into retirement from his long-time job as a passenger train engineer and finds a host of small adventures to fill his days and nights. He seems to operate without any clear sense of what he wants to do with the rest of his life, but reacts to each improbable situation as it confronts him. There are many scenes that defy explanation and are almost surreal. In the end, it seems to say that the journey is more important than the destination and that sometimes there simply is no destination. And that is alright, too. Quirky characters, a loose script that seems at times to have no clear sense of direction, and the frigid, stark scenery of winter in Norway combine to give the film an almost dream-like quality at times. Each item taken by itself would doom most films but work together here to create a tapestry, revealing a man seeking to break out of the strict routine of his former life.
    Mark A Super Reviewer
  • Feb 22, 2010
    Odd Horten is a just-retired Norwegian train driver coming to grips with a life that was mostly filled with, well, being a train driver mostly. A slow paced film (if you've seen KITCHEN STORIES by the same director you'll know how fast it moves) but even if nothing much happens, it glows iwith a reassuring demonstration that yes, there is life after 67 (should you be lucky enough to reach it) and gentle solitary lives too have their merits.
    Lesley N Super Reviewer

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