O' Horten
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The moment the train leaves the station without train driver Odd Horten aboard, he realizes that the path ahead is a journey without printed timetables and well-known stations. Horten has retired, and the platform does not feel like a safe place anymore.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

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"It's a film whose pleasures come slowly, as we, like the title character, discover the joys he's missed. Best of all, we, like Odd the Norwegian bachelor, figure out it is never too late to start living."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"This yarn about a train conductor whose life goes off track is Nordic to its bones: efficient, humane and droll in small measures."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"It entertains from start to finish and tells a story that is not just fun but in its inimitably gentle way has something to teach us all as well."
‑ Mike Edwards, What Culture
"O' Horten moves slowly, sometimes excruciatingly so, but its thematic center is strong: How do you run out the clock of life?"
‑ Justin Strout, Orlando Weekly
"As an old man, Horten is a rare movie hero, but the director reminds us that other things are more ancient; in one scene, Horten hefts a meteorite that predates the sun, and in another scene, Strindberg is quoted: 'In due time, even the stars must fall.'"
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"Hamer creates a quirky, beguiling, and very funny mood piece that reflects on age, adventure, uncertainty, and humanity. Owe gives the character of Horten an off-center dignity that will suggest comparisons to Jacques Tati and Buster Keaton"
‑ Jonathan F. Richards, Film.com
"Thanks to the consistent deadpan tone that Hamer and Owe establish, it's oddly satisfying."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"If you can settle into [Baard Owe's] playful deadpan rhythms, a bittersweetly funny, existential mystery -- or call it a modest adventure, if that's not too oxymoronic -- awaits."
‑ Aaron Hillis, GreenCine
"...a fable that relies less on fantastical transport than the defrosting of cool faculties; less on the titillation of the senses than the thawing of frozen hearts."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"It's not conventional at all."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"The whimsy is never overplayed. The peculiar isn't teased at any character's expense."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Pointedly strange and whimsical, O'Horten mixes the surreal with the mundane in its depiction of the retirement and eventual rebirth of a train engineer."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"O'Horten won't be for everyone, but if you enjoy character-driven films that also treat the landscape as a character, this one has a certain charm and appeal."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"The decidedly Nordic -- though not at all glacial -- O'Horten is a mixture of sweetness and deadpan that proves the Kaurismäki/Andersson school of filmmaking still has new delights in store."
‑ Boyd van Hoeij, european-films.net
"A spare and perfectly droll kinda-sorta comedy."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
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