O'Horten

  • 12
  • Bent Hamer (2007)
  • Nor / Ger / Fr / Den (SUB)
  • 86 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

Norwegian train driver Odd Horten (Baard Owe) is underwhelmed by the prospect of his retirement until he meets sprightly pensioner Trygve (Espen Skjonberg), whose joie de vivre lures Odd into a brave new world of casual burglary, ski jumping, skinny dipping and daredevil driving. Although the film's insights into underdogs having their day and growing old disgracefully are hardly new, this deadpan rite-of-passage tale has the courage of its quirky convictions. Taking his tone from Roy Andersson (Songs from the Second Floor) and Aki Kaurismäki (The Man without a Past), writer/director Bent Hamer also invokes the spirit of Jacques Tati in allowing the gags to play out in their own time, while Owe's solemn impassivity owes much to Buster Keaton. Yet, for all the hilarity of the vignettes, there's a melancholy here that's subtly reinforced by John Christian Rosenlund's camerawork and John Erik Kaada's score.

Plot Summary

Comedy drama starring Baard Owe and Espen Skjonberg. A taciturn Norwegian train driver is tempted into savouring the emotions and experiences he has missed by a pensioner with a voracious appetite for life.

Cast and crew

Cast

Odd Horten
Baard Owe
Trygve Sissener
Espen Skjonberg
Fru Thogersen
Ghita Norby
Svea
Henny Moan
Flo
Bjørn Floberg
Steiner Sissener
Kai Remlov
Head of engineers
Per Jansen
Train conductor
Bjarte Hjelmeland
Stinesen
Gard B Eidsvold

Crew

Director
Bent Hamer

Other Information

Language: 
Norwegian +subtitles
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Artificial Eye
Guidance: 
Sex scenes and nudity.
Available on DVD
Released 8 May 2009
Certificate 12
Distributor:
Artificial Eye
Categories
Comedy

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