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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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Odd Horten (as Bård Owe)
Espen Skjønberg ...
Trygve Sissener
Ghita Nørby ...
Fru Thøgersen
Henny Moan ...
Svea
Bjørn Floberg ...
Flo
Kai Remlow ...
Steiner Sissener (as Kai Remlov)
Per Jansen ...
Lokfører
Bjarte Hjelmeland ...
Konduktør
Gard B. Eidsvold ...
Stinesen
Bjørn Jenseg ...
Valkyrijen kelner
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Röhmer
Lars Øyno ...
Connery
Trond-Viggo Torgersen ...
Opsahl
Terje Alsvik Walløe ...
Man på pissoar
Peder Anders Lohne Hamer ...
Nordahl
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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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$33,325 (USA) (22 May 2009)

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$301,902 (USA) (9 October 2009)
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The lack of emotions tells you of so many emotions - a wonderful trip of emancipation of the heart
8 April 2009 | by (Hong Kong) – See all my reviews

This is a film unique and intriguing in its own special way. The apparent lack of emotions of the story indeed tells of so many emotions and speaks so many words unspoken. The interactions of Odd with other eccentric people on his retirement night indeed reflect his inner feelings of eagerness for a new start on one hand and his unpreparedness for loss of his routines on the other. The human interactions in the film are portrayed in such a frank and pure way that the whole film is filled with a subtle warmness despite the snowy streets of Oslo. By breaking away from the "rails" that had rooted him to the ground for so many years and by embarking on a new stage of life, Odd finally has the time to redeem, rediscover, and to reappraise, and to finally live a life without pre-set rails and tracks. A very warm, touching and enchanting piece of work which is at times surreal and at all times unique. It may be short of words sometimes but is never short of a uniquely human touch.


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