O’Horten is one of those gentle, innocent films that Europe seems to do so well.
The man of the title is a quiet, lonely train driver who has done the job all his life and is now retiring. His future stretches ahead of him, and is looking rather bleakly boring. However, on the evening of his retirement, events seem to spiral out of his control, and he ends up in a series of increasingly surreal situations.
If you want action and a fast-paced story, then this definitely isn’t the film for you, but if you’re happy with some beautiful cinematography, a glimpse of another world, some great acting and some thoughtful and often very funny dialogue then this is a lovely Sunday afternoon type film.
My rating 7/10