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Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

Summary: The moment the train leaves the station without engineer Odd Horten aboard, he realizes that the path ahead is a journey without printed timetables and well-known stations. Horten has been forced to retire after 40 years of traveling a very stable rail, and the platform does not feel like a safe place anymore. His orderly, solitary existence is about to give way to a future of unlikely adventures and puzzling dilemmas: will Horten ever travel by plane? Will he finally sell his prized boat? How does Horten end up in a pair of women's red high-heeled shoes? Will he survive a nighttime drive with a blindfolded man at the wheel? Proof positive that there is humor to be found in aging, and we don't have to be elderly Norwegians to identify, laugh and embrace life in all its idiosyncratic splendor. O’Horten is Bent Hamer's wonderfully skewed view of the human condition and gives us that somewhat absurdist vision with great warmth, a little melancholy and universal appeal. (Sony Pictures Classics)

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Runtime: 90 min
Rating: Rated PG-13 for brief nudity.
Production: Arte
Genres: Drama, Comedy
Countries: Germany, France, Norway, Denmark
Language: Norwegian
Home Release Date: Sep 22, 2009
Director Credit
Bent Hamer Director
Writer Credit
Bent Hamer Writer
Harold Manning Writer
Principal Cast Credit
Baard Owe Odd Horten
Espen Skjønberg Trygve Sissener
Ghita Nørby Fru Thøgersen
Cast Credit
Andreas Cappelen Cateringpersonell
Bård Brinchmann Toller
Bjarte Hjelmeland Konduktør
Bjørn Floberg Flo
Dag Brekke Skliende Forretningsmann
Einar Breian Flyveleder
Henny Moan Svea
Kai Remlow Steiner Sissener
Kjell Ove Carlsen Ground Service Luggage
Per Jansen Lokfører
Peter Bredal Brevmann
Tone Stern Bergersen Jente I Svømmebasseng
Producer Credit
Alexandre Mallet-Guy Co-Producer
Bent Hamer Producer
Catho Bach Christensen Line Producer
Christoph Friedel Co-Producer
Jim Frazee Executive Producer
Karl Baumgartner Co-Producer
Mads Peter Ole Olsen Executive Producer
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