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2,955 Ratings

The Turin Horse

A torinói ló

Hungary, France, 2011
Drama, History


After witnessing a carriage driver whipping his horse, the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche ran to the scene, threw his arms around the horse and collapsed—never to recover. This is the story of what happened to the carriage driver, his family, and his steed.

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The Turin Horse Directed by Béla Tarr, Ágnes Hranitzky
Tarr’s final work and the apotheosis of his long-take style, the film demonstrates better than any the way shot duration can be used to build tension. A Nietzschean (anti-)thriller about the end of the world, The Turin Horse is Tarr’s sparsest work (gone are the baroque leanings of Tarr’s excellent previous film, The Man from London (2007), based on a thriller by Georges Simenon). Pared back to essentials, almost musical in its minimalism, it is a perfect example of pure cinema.
July 21, 2016
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The utter dark at the end of the film is where the limit of comprehensibility is reached and nothing more can be said from the perspective of humanity. We would have to be more refined to go on. Béla Tarr is as refined as perhaps the human spirit can be before it gives way. And so he presents us with the moment a world passes away. It is at the point that the holy spirit of life that holds the ever changing world together nods off.
June 07, 2014
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Poised precariously on elusive allegory, the fragile, devastating utopias of Tarr’s cinema are radical evocations and expansions of the cinema’s mythic imagination. With his latest and declared last film Tarr has given a profound new meta-cinematic and sculptural dimension to his art, offering the figure of the broken titular horse as a ghostly vision of Muybridge’s protocinema stallion, buffeted and bent by the cruel winds that shape the film’s desolate yet uncannily animate landscapes.
March 04, 2014
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