O'Horten

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O'Horten

Bent Hamer (2007)

86min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
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.

Summary

An ageing train engineer who has always led an unadventurous life prepares for his last day of work before retirement. This time, a series of strange events throw his normally predictable routine into chaos, and as he deals with each new challenge, he starts to wonder what he will do with the rest of his life. Comedy, with Baard Owe and Espen Skjonberg. In Norwegian.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Bent Hamer
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Other Information

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

Comedy

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