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Films & Schedules - O'Horten

Sat, Feb 7, 2009
at 6:15 PM (WH)

Tue, Feb 10, 2009
at 8:30 PM (B1)


DIRECTOR: Bent Hamer - Norway

In examining the choices faced by Odd Horten (Bård Owe), writer-director Hamer deploys bone-dry Scandinavian humor and an entertaining absurdist perspective.  O'Horten is a shy, willfully withdrawn man whose life has been organized around the rigidities of his career as a train conductor.  When he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 67, he is robbed fo his accustomed routines, and sees chaos and death, in forms alternately poignant and slyly humorous, around every corner.  Hamer dramatizes his hero's perplexity wit a cool precision while Owe gives O'Horten a disarming, compassionate dignity.  As O'Horten finds himself in new fixes and akes adjustments, his small affirmations offer a deeply moving sense of the resilience and flexibility demonstrated by humans in transition.  This year's Norwegian submission for the Best Foreign Language Oscar.

Filmography: Eggs (95), Water Easy Reach (98), Kitchen Stories (03), Factotum (05).

Cultural Partner: Norwegian Consulate General, San Francisco.

WH     90 Minutes    

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