O' Horten
O' Horten (2007)

A septuagenarian taking his penultimate voyage from Oslo to Bergen begins to mentally prepare for his final trip, but finds that sometimes things don't turn out as expected when he misses the last departure for the first time in 40… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 26, 2007
DVD Release Date: June 19, 2009
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Bent Hamer's latest is a droll, deadpan comedy filled with strange touches and melancholy charm.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

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.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

This yarn about a train conductor whose life goes off track is Nordic to its bones: efficient, humane and droll in small measures.

Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook

"O'Horten" only really works when Odd encounters the assorted oddballs; elsewhere the film travels a bit too light.

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Jonathan F. Richards

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

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

Thanks to the consistent deadpan tone that Hamer and Owe establish, it's oddly satisfying.

Mike Edwards
What Culture

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.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

The whimsy is never overplayed. The peculiar isn't teased at any character's expense.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

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.

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Aaron Hillis

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 63% Flixster User Reviews
Alexis Nomm
I thought it would be a funny little story about a guy having a hard time settling in to retirement. But not so much. It wasn't funny, aside from one scene… More
Walter M.
"O'Horten" is an odd little movie about an unassuming man named Odd(Baard Owe). Living alone, the only person he feels a connection to is his… More
Gordon Anderson
Typically melancholic meditation on retirement encased in a meandering plot where the lead bumps into a host of eccentrics who aid his introspection. Slight but… More
Mark Abell
Off-beat tale that moves very slowly. Odd Horten (Baard Owe) is forced into retirement from his long-time job as a passenger train engineer and finds a host of… More
Ross Collins
The retirement of a train driver provides more philosophical musings from Scandinavia with a touch of dry humour. Some nice cinematography and scenes of… More
Lesley N
Odd Horten is a just-retired Norwegian train driver coming to grips with a life that was mostly filled with, well, being a train driver mostly. A slow paced… More

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