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

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

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26 December 2007 (Norway)  »

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Box Office

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

Gross:

$301,902 (USA) (9 October 2009)
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Norwegian bachelor (farmers) railroad engineers
27 December 2009 | by (Ipswich MA) – See all my reviews

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.


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