(Ut og stjaele hester)



director.gif (905 bytes)Hans Petter Moland


Stellan Skarsgård
Tobias Santelmann
Danica Curcic
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.

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button_box.gif (205 bytes)STELLAN:

"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."

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button_box.gif (205 bytes)STELLAN'S PERFORMANCE:

"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, Cineuropa

"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, Indian Express

"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 Lodge, Variety

"For a story as concerned with a single character's interior life, an expressive actor is necessary to communicate the depth and range of emotion without a ton of dialogue to work with. Skarsgard is adept at conveying much — grief, regret, whimsy — with subtle movements of his eyes... But the film's biggest star is the natural world that cinematographers Thomas Hardmeier and Rasmus Videbaek capture lovingly and at extended length. The film was shot in both rural Norway and in Lithuania, and there's grandeur and elegance in the raging storms and blowing trees of the woods and countryside."  ...Sam Allard, Cleveland Scene

"Though the voiceover does a lot of the heavy lifting to help us understand exactly how Trond is feeling, Skarsgård delivers a reliably compelling performance in the film’s most poignant moments. It’s a welcome change of pace from whatever you’ve been binging on Netflix recently. More than that, it’s a worthy meditation on the span of a single life and all the moments of trauma, discovery and reflection that color it."  ....Lisa Trifone, Third Coast Reviews

"Skarsgård makes a thoughtful, reassuring first-person narrator. His mobile features react to the people and things around him but he never over-plays his hand... One of the pleasures of this extremely sensual film is the way it elicits physical sensations in the viewer through expressive camerawork, cutting and sound effects.' ...Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter

"Skarsgård as Trond is a man that seems haunted by tragedy that don’t just leave a mark but carves much deeper into his soul. The relationship with his father, mother and friends that should be so simple – are extremely complicated. So much so that Trond is in a small house trying to be small which is impossible for this very tall actor. Skarsgård is such a treasure of an actor and in this film his role makes that memory process painful yet needed." ...Jeri Jacquin, Military Press

"Stellan Skarsgård does an excellent job of sulking, although his role is little more than a pivotal supporting one. Tobias Santelmann is probably the biggest standout as the father of Skarsgård’s character appearing in flashbacks. The movie is also quite impressive aesthetically. The cinematography by Rasmus Videbæk is breathtakingly gorgeous despite the often somber subject matter of the film. ..Movie Critic Sean Boelman

Moland contrasts the two stories brilliantly, evoking the life of the elderly Trond in the frozen, bitter and lonely Nordic winter and the young Trond, in a forest full of life, hope, and sunshine, where even the summer rain is warm enough to shower in... Stellan Skarsgård is of course excellent as the tormented older Trond, haunted not only by the death of his wife but also the events of his childhood. Everything is kept within, underneath the surface, and understated. ...Andy English, Live for FIlm

"'Out Stealing Horses" is one of those almost-perfect small foreign films. It is a haunting tale of life with all its deceits, guilt and quiet longing. Skarsgård, however, is completely perfect. His older Trond has accepted all that life has brought his way. He even tells us at the beginning of the film “If you were to hear how my life went, you would hear my life went well. I was lucky.” He feels no guilt or remorse, and Skarsgård conveys these sentiments softly through his actions. ...Jean Kaplan, Kaplan vs. Kaplan

"Skarsgård is, as might be expected, reticent here but not grumpy, and manages the silences really well. His younger self, Jon Ranes, gives a very good performance as the confused and disappointed adolescent; it’s quite amazing that this is his first film role."  ...Marie O'Sullivan, The Movie Aisle

"Literary novels, driven by ideas and characterizations rather than propelled principally by plot, often don’t translate well to film. 'Out Stealing Horses' is the rare exception... Skarsgård has rarely been better, and teenage newcomer Jon Ranes, as his younger counterpart, is quite the find — boyish but with a great capacity for melancholy. ...Bruce Steele, Mountain Xpress

"Moland and Skarsgård have a unique bond and as filmmaker and actor. They seem to have found that rare magic that perfectly pairs actor and director on interesting cinematic projects... 'Out Stealing Horses' has moments of Malick-esque beauty fueled by deep-rooted emotion. It is a film tinted with nostalgia but one that goes for a deeper humanistic core." ...Anthony Francis, Screen Comment

Moland and Skarsgård get this story in their bones, and have the chops to take a delicate human-scale masterpiece and avoid it turning into a farrago of mixed-up plots. Tobias Santelmann makes you think of an Ingmar Bergman film, with all the arched brows, and echo of few words. Thus Moland wields his directorial power like a chainsaw here. Skarsgård’s embedded time-crossed character is at once hewn into usefulness as a plot device, but carved into a performance that needs a better word than transcendent." ... Quendrith Johnson, LA Correspondent

"Skarsgård is great at playing characters who are emotionally stuck in life. Since he’s so expressive, he doesn’t have to say much, which is good considering Trond is one of those characters who really doesn’t know what to say." ...David J. Fowlie, Keeping-it-reel.com

"As the older Trond looking back on his younger years, Skarsgård does a fine job as someone coming to terms with his past. By the end of the movie, it’s very clear why Trond has spent most of his life suppressing his emotions and why he has reached a point where he wants to become a recluse." ...Carla Hay, Culture Mix

"This is certainly dark by coming-of-age standards, but no less hopeful in spirit... As usual, Skarsgard gives a solid, nuanced performance of an older man reflecting on his not-so rose-tinted past. ...Ben Wasserman, Film-Forward