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O'Horten (2009) On the evening of his retirement as a train engineer, dour sixtysomething Norwegian bachelor Odd Horten (Buster Keaton-ish Baard Owe) learns to live life without… 2009-05-15 PG-13 PT90M Comedy Drama Baard Owe
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O'Horten (2009)

MPAA Rating: PG-13

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O'Horten | SINGLE IN SCANDINAVIA: Baard Owe in O'Horten
Image credit: Hans-Jorgan Osnes
SINGLE IN SCANDINAVIA: Baard Owe in O'Horten
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: May 15, 2009; Rated: PG-13; Length: 90 Minutes; Genres: Comedy, Drama; With: Baard Owe

On the evening of his retirement as a train engineer, dour sixtysomething Norwegian bachelor Odd Horten (Buster Keaton-ish Baard Owe) learns to live life without a timetable. And since O'Horten is the creation of absurdist Bent Hamer (Kitchen Stories), a master of droll melancholy, Odd's life is just as peculiar as his name. (For one thing, he finds himself in a car driven by a drunken, blindfolded diplomat, played by Espen Skjonberg.) Like fellow poker-faced Scandinavian filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki, Hamer specializes in dry humor born of long, dark nights. Jack Nicholson's dyspeptic retiree in About Schmidt would no doubt identify with O'Horten's entertaining pain. B+

Originally posted Jun 02, 2009 Published in issue #1051 Jun 12, 2009 Order article reprints