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O'Horten

Directed by Bent Hamer (Columbia/Tristar )

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Taciturn train engineer Odd Horten (Bård Owe) lives alone in Norway. His closest friend is the man who sells him tobacco; his senile mother can barely respond to the tulips he brings her. Unsurprisingly, retirement leaves Odd without mooring. Each morning, he dons a jaunty engineer's cap he has no reason to wear. But O'Horten isn't a story about a sad man being sad, it's an "Into the Night" movie (genre name courtesy of The Onion's AV Club; think Risky Business or Wonder Boys). And so Odd goes adventuring, skinny-dips in a public pool, wears red high-heels and makes friends with a carpe-diem-loving inventor. Nothing that happens in O'Horten is very surprising. But it's still satisfying to watch a wiser, at-peace Odd finally take off his uniform. (And put on new clothes. He is 67.)

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