OUT STEALING HORSES
(Ut og stjaele hester)
Pål Sverre Hagen
Anders Baasmo Christiansen
February 9, 2019 - BIFF
Set in the easternmost region of
Norway, Out Stealing Horses begins with an ending.
Sixty-seven-year-old Trond has settled into a rustic cabin in an
isolated area to live the rest of his life with a quiet
deliberation. A meeting with his only neighbor, however, forces him
to reflect on that fateful summer.
"Trond and Lars build an almost wordless relationship. I read the novel
many years ago, and it's really great literature. It is also a book that
is difficult to convert into movies, but I think Hans Petter has written
an incredibly nice script. It is close to the novel and Hans Petter has
managed to transfer the book's poetry to film."
PREMIERE PHOTOS FROM BERLINALE
"Moland’s film could hardly be more beautiful. It captures the essence
of a long-gone summer when everything looked, smelled – and was – good.
It encapsulates the cold, the darkness, the harried moments, and the
melancholy of bygone days and bygone chances. The cast, jam-packed with
Scandinavian acting nobility, shine. In trusty Swede Skarsgård,
Mr Norway has once again found an undisputable lead, perhaps even a
Bear-worthy one. His line about 'not hitting that man in Karlstad' is
pure Stellan by starlight." ...Jan Lumholdt,
"A ravishing and evocative exploration of the past. Quite probably the
majority of public recognition actor Stellan Skarsgård receives
is due to his forays into Hollywood, from dispensing advice to an
Avenger to gyrating alongside Meryl Streep as they sing Abba songs.
Of course, Skarsgård is capable of excellence, which he ably
demonstrates in Hans Petter Moland’s ravishing Ut og stjæle hester.
...Oliver Johnston, The Up Coming (UK)
"Out Stealing Horses has so much scenery and texture, falling
snow, rushing rivers, and rugged log cabins, that you nearly forget to
look at the humans at the centre of the story. Stellan Skarsgard's
craggy face recalls the memories of childhood, and for a time it holds,
but the film goes on for too long." ...Shubhra Gupta,
"Hans Petter Moland’s loving film adaptation effectively plays lush
visual storytelling against its characters’ desolate interiors. The
result is a heartfelt, attractive arthouse item that ought to travel as
widely as its much-translated source novel, boosted by the
internationally familiar presence of Stellan Skarsgård
in the lead role of 67-year-old widower Trond, who retreats into painful
childhood memories when he relocates to the remote Norwegian
countryside. This is delicate, internalized drama, easier to realize on
the page than on the screen, though both Skarsgård
and Jon Ranes, a solemnly impressive newcomer, do a fine job of
portraying Trond’s changing awareness at different ages, the
performances aligned in their tense, sorrowful body language." ...Guy