O'Horten (2007)
"O' Horten" (original title)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  26 December 2007 (Norway)
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A drama focused on a life-changing moment in 67-year-old train engineer Odd Horten's existence: the evening of his retirement.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Odd Horten (as Bård Owe)
Espen Skjønberg ...
Trygve Sissener
Ghita Nørby ...
Fru Thøgersen
Henny Moan ...
Bjørn Floberg ...
Kai Remlow ...
Steiner Sissener (as Kai Remlov)
Per Jansen ...
Bjarte Hjelmeland ...
Gard B. Eidsvold ...
Bjørn Jenseg ...
Valkyrijen kelner
Lars Øyno ...
Trond-Viggo Torgersen ...
Terje Alsvik Walløe ...
Man på pissoar
Peder Anders Lohne Hamer ...


A picaresque tale. Odd Horton is dependable and contained: he's a train engineer retiring after 40 years of service, living a simple life. His idea of adventure is to fly from one city in Norway to another. Starting on the night of his retirement dinner, Odd has a series of dislocating experiences: a boy insists that Odd sit by his bedside while he falls asleep; misadventure causes Odd to miss his last run; he witnesses an arrest; he assists an old man and makes a friend; he takes a trip with a blindfolded driver; he adopts a dog; he takes stock late one night at the roundhouse; he revisits his mother's disappointment in him. How should he live the rest of his life? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 December 2007 (Norway)  »

Also Known As:

O'Horten  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$33,325 (USA) (22 May 2009)


$301,902 (USA) (9 October 2009)

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You have to be odd to like this movie
8 September 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Waited a long time for this one. Ever since Water Easy Reached - which stood out in blur of movies from TIFF 98, and the poignantly thoughtful and revealing (about Swed/Norwegian angst) Kitchen Stories. So did expectation get the best of me?

The more I thought about this, the more I like the film. Yes it has it's own pace, but everything is so well thought out. No emotional manipulations, but there are plenty of emotions in the storyline. Great opening shots for the credits, and an amazing score that seems to tell you the mood for the story, plenty of time to digest the dialogue versus the choice of actions by each of the characters.

The story revolves around Odd, a retiring train engineer, the choices he made, makes and will be making and the people he meets along the way. Kind of rebirth, resolution of regrets kind of story. Doesn' sound very controversial or exciting against any other contending films ... even for an audience award. And it is not. But I really admire ... shall we say ... the integrity behind and of this film's character and intent ??? This movie has a soul and you can feel it. Maybe it is saying nothing is too late, reflection is a good thing, being alone physically is not a bad thing when your mind is active and gentle and flexible.

Some scenes/shots reminds me of Aki Murismaki's Drifting Clouds.

Bent was there for the Q&A to explain a few things, like he did for Kitchen Stories. And you see that he is passionate, has lots to say, and stays true to the story, and the character, without being overtly dramatic. I wonder why Bent is the way he is - telling stories in the style and tone that he does; incorporating everyday touches and observatrions from his home country. And probably this film tells you why.

**** spoilers *** and apparently ski jumping is very common in Norway, even Bent has done it. And the woman in the jumping scene is a world champion.

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