O'Horten Poster

Release Date: May 22nd, 2009

PG-13|1 hr 29 min

Plot Summary
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: Baard Owe, Espen Skjonberg, Henny Moan, Bjørn Floberg, Kai Remlov, Per Jansen, Bjarte Hjelmeland, Gard B. Eidsvold

Director: Bent Hamer

Genres: Comedy drama

Distributors: Sony Pictures Classics

Keywords: Deception, Family, 2000s, Friend, Love, Moving, Transformation, Offbeat, Police officer

Ratings & Reviews

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  • A deadpan delight. show more

  • In a literal sense this delightful film, in Norwegian with English subtitles, is about retirement and the prospect of loss. But Mr. Hamer, a poet of the droll and askew, sends the aptly named Odd--it's also a common Norwegian name--on a cockeyed journey from regret through comic confusion to a lovely eagerness for new adventures. show more

  • Enlivened with droll wit and framed with robust sensitivity, O'Horten is an amusing and entrancing personal portrait. Succinct in its visualizations and crisp in its pacing, its deferential storytelling is in sync with its Odd subject. show more

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