NORTH Following a nervous breakdown, ski athlete Jomar has isolated himself in a lonely existence as the guard of a ski park. When he learns that he might be the father of a child way up ... See full summary »
Rune Denstad Langlo
Anders Baasmo Christiansen,
Hawaii, Oslo is the story of a handful of people who cross each other's path without necessarily knowing each other, during the hottest day of the year, in Oslo. We follow Frode and Milla. ... See full summary »
Trond Espen Seim,
Jan Gunnar Røise,
Evy Kasseth Røsten
The old sea-captain retires, but the next day German WWII occupation of Norway begins. He then kisses his wife good-bye and is off to Army HQ. There he finds a lack of leadership and morale... See full summary »
Hans Petter Moland
Lars Andreas Larssen,
Gard B. Eidsvold
When his mother, who has sheltered him his entire 40 years, dies, Elling, a sensitive, would-be poet, is sent to live in a state institution. There he meets Kjell Bjarne, a gentle giant and... See full summary »
Per Christian Ellefsen,
Marit Pia Jacobsen
A man convicted in his teens for killing a child is released on parole. He finds work as a church organist and develops a rewarding relationship with a priest and her young son. However, ... See full summary »
Pål Sverre Hagen,
Ellen Dorrit Petersen
As the film opens, a doped-up Lea (Maria Bonnevie) makes an extremely bad impression on her baby daughter's foster parents; later, flashbacks reveal her disturbing youth and young adulthood... See full summary »
Renowned psychiatrist Pavel Josek is singled out to receive a "Memory of the Nation" medal, however, it transpires that this reputedly morally irreproachable dissident once collaborated ... See full summary »
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
In trying to describe this film, the words "droll" and "laconic" keep coming to mind, along with the thought of resurrecting Jacques Tati where there's lots of snow. The gags are so innocent and harmless they often seem downright "normal" ...but anybody pulling this stuff in real life risks serious interviewing by the local police.
After listening to Garrison Keillor talk about the Norwegian bachelor farmers around Lake Wobegon for years, this feels very familiar. Odd Horten is what I've always imagined a Norwegian bachelor to be. (Somebody tell Mr. Keillor Odd is a railroad engineer, not a farmer.) Watching this film is like having one of those characters I've heard about spring to life, with a slightly warped sense of humor, a bit of existential angst, a bemused dismissal of social convention, and obvious enjoyment of simple pleasures, all tied up tight in a package that doesn't show much on the outside.
8 of 12 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?