O'Horten

O'Horten

DVD - 2009 | Norwegian
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MPAA rating: PG-13; for brief nudity.
Odd Horten is a neat, meticulous, pipe-smoking train conductor. He is winding up 40 years of service for the Norwegian railways. He wonders, when a man's life has been determined by timetables and clearly-defined journeys along narrow tracks, how he will now spend his free hours. Horten goes about his final work shifts and then enters into the uncertain world of retirement. He meets the dilemma of buying a new pipe using the same placid curiosity he brings to meeting a stranger who invites him to his home.

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0cho
Jun 15, 2015

I don’t know how this movie left Norway. A typical story with some interesting moments but otherwise worth skipping.

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geonrose
Jan 24, 2015

Dry and surreal funny film about a Norwegian train conductor who adapts to retirement. Favorite scene is the ski jump.

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Nursebob
Dec 27, 2014

After a long and distinguished career as a train conductor 67-year old Odd is facing imminent retirement with a mixture of dread and fatalistic resignation. His entire working life was based on timetables and punctuality so he finds the sudden chaos of everyday life a little bewildering. Then one night, after a series of increasingly bizarre encounters on the streets of Oslo, he meets a peculiar old man and his life is never quite the same again. Hamer has made a warmhearted Scandinavian comedy that invites us to laugh at life’s wonderful absurdities. He surrounds the character of Odd with gentle reminders of his own mortality yet balances the film with piercing images of almost transcendent beauty.....a train speeds across a field of dazzling snow; a twinkling star becomes the light at the end of a tunnel. The underlying message is clear, no matter how old we may become we are always capable of being surprised. A joy from start to finish.

Froster Nov 29, 2014

This movie is so understated, that I'm not at all sure it even qualifies as a comedy. One feels that it must be a statement about the Norwegian national characteristics, but most of us will feel somewhat left out of the joke. The lead character is amazingly opaque, and what motivates him is left pretty much unexplained. Also, be aware that the pacing is SLOOOOWWWW. However, there are some lovely images, if little plot, and no drama. In short, "Do I dare to eat a peach"? is not a particularly riveting spectacle to watch.

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musicv
Jun 13, 2013

I really liked this film. I haven't seen many Norwegian films but I would recommend it.

If you can also find "The Boss of it all" from denmark it is also good.

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mmageroy
Dec 15, 2012

A strange but sweet story about a man facing retirement after working 30 years for the Norwegian train system. Most watched it because I am trying to learn Norwegian.

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21221018293347
Dec 04, 2012

weird. I did not finish this movie. When he enters someone else's apartment through the window to access the hallway to go a party being held in the same building, and ends up sitting up with a little boy - it got too wierd for me.

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geomillar
Nov 22, 2012

I confess: I HAVE A BIAS FOR FOREIGN MOVIES. Given that admission, I recommend O'Horten as a quiet masterpiece of tongue in cheek film-making. There's no real plot, some may think it is slow but I loved its unpretentious simplicity and the brilliantly sparse acting.

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HereHere
Sep 16, 2011

Lots of drinking and smoking. The dog on the cover is almost non-existent in the film. There is a great scene after an episode of freezing rain where a man slides down the street which is so graceful and tantalizing that I wanted to do that too. If you love trains, or ski jumping, I think you'll like this movie.

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010388734
Nov 29, 2010

Lovely film, attention to detail and characters evolve. Filming and music are well matched. Slow but beautiful! Reminiscent of 'Night on Earth' (Jim Jarmouche)

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