Keswick Film Club - O'Horten

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Sunday 27th September 5:00 PM


Director: Bent Hamer Country: Norway
Cert: 12A Year: 2007 Length: 90 mins Language: Norwegian

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Audience Reaction

Score: 68.6% Attendance: 122




Odd Horten is a 67-year-old Norwegian train driver who discovers after hanging up his timetable for the last time that there is still light at the end of the tunnel . After attending a party at which his colleagues see him off by pretending to be steam engines, Horten settles into retirement by embarking on a mini-odyssey which brings him a host of new experiences and eccentric encounters, involving a deal of visual humour. Reminiscent of the work of Aki Kaurismäki and Roy Andersson, Bent Hamer’s film maintains a balance between dark reality and theatrical irony as the rising tide of melancholy is complemented by his fine sense of the ridiculous.


open_quote A brilliantly pitched exercise in droll comedy with a tender message about seizing the day. close_quote Jon Fortgang, Filmfour

open_quote Thoughtful, funny, slightly sad and superbly crafted. close_quote Dave Calhoun, Time Out


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