May 15th 2009
  • Comedy/Drama,
  • PG-13,
  • 90 min,
  • Sony Pictures Classics
  • Cast: Baard Owe, Espen Skjønberg, Ghita Nørby, Henny Moan, Bjørn Floberg, Kai Remlow, Per Jansen, Bjarte Hjelmeland, Peter Bredal, Einar Breian, Bård Brinchmann, Gard B. Eidsvold, Nils Gaup, Kari Loland, Morten Rudå, Anette Sagen, Paal Schøyen, Karl Sundby, Trond-Viggo Torgersen
  • Director: Bent Hamer
  • Writer: Bent Hamer
  • Producer: Bent Hamer
  • Co Producers: Karl Baumgartner, Christoph Friedel, Alexandre Mallet-Guy
  • Executive Producers: Jim Frazee, Mads Peter Ole Olsen
  • Casting: Mette Holme Nielsen
  • Costume Design: Anne Pedersen
  • D.O.P.: John Christian Rosenlund
  • Editor: Pål Gengenbach
  • Music: John Erik Kaada
  • Production Design: Karl Júlíusson
  • Set Decoration: Olivier Marcouiller


The moment the train leaves the station without engineer ODD HORTEN (Bard Owe) 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?

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • MPAA Warning: Brief Nudity
  • Production Companies: Bulbul Films, Pandora Filmproduktion

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Norway's official submission to the foreign language Oscar

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 26 December 2007: Norway
  • 18 June 2008: France
  • 18 July 2008: Finland
  • 9 October 2008: Greece
  • 18 December 2008: Germany
  • 28 January 2009: Belgium
  • 19 February 2009: Netherlands
  • 21 February 2009: Japan
  • 12 March 2009: Russia
  • 8 May 2009: UK