‘Out Stealing Horses’ Review: A Spotty, Tactile Coming-of-Age Drama — Berlinale

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‘Out Stealing Horses’ Review: A Spotty, Tactile Coming-of-Age Drama — Berlinale
Given that Hans Petter Moland just spent a few years remaking his own Euro-thriller as a commercially viable Liam Neeson vehicle, you might assume the prolific filmmaker is pivoting to a global audience. Not so fast. His latest feature — a tender and meditative drama that screened in Competition at the Berlinale less than 24 hours after “Cold Pursuit” opened in theaters — is nothing if not distinctly Norwegian. And, like so many of that country’s finer things, it may prove too particular for closed-minded audiences on the other side of the Atlantic.

Adapted from an acclaimed novel of the same name by one of Oslo’s most famous authors, “Out Stealing Horses” is as inextricable from its setting as the streams that run through it, the logs of timber they ferry across the Swedish border, and the violent Nazi history that’s embedded on either side of their shores. Even if
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