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also known as A Torinói ló

The Turin Horse2011

  • 4.3
On January 3, 1889, in Turin, Italy, Friedrich Nietzsche steps out of the doorway of number six, Via Carlo Albert. Not far from him, a cab driver is having trouble with a stubborn horse. The horse refuses to move, whereupon the driver loses his patience and takes his whip to it. Nietzsche puts an end to the brutal scene, throwing his arms around the horse's neck, sobbing. After this, he lies motionless and silent for two days on a divan until he loses consciousness and his mind. Somewhere in the countryside, the driver of the cab lives with his daughter and the horse. Outside, a windstorm rages. Immaculately photographed in Bela Tarr's long takes, THE TURIN HORSE is the final statement from a master filmmaker.

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"...an experience comparable to starting down the road with an empty sack then, over the course of the journey, having it weighed down steadily with rocks until you can't go on." - Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice


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One of the best films of all time. This is art at it's best. This masterpiece is like wet cement at first, gray, dark, obscure. Then it molds a profound impression on you that lasts a lifetime.

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One of the best films of all time. This is art at it's best. This masterpiece is like wet cement at first, gray, dark, obscure. Then it molds a profound impression on you that lasts a lifetime.

7 members like this review
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This is a powerful film, the mood that is set by the constant wind, the simple story of a few select things happening that foretell impending doom in a bleak bleak life. It's good to see an apocalyptic film for once without modern trappings of bombs, noise and catastrophe . . . simply the feeling of the end.

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The Turin Horse is the culmination of all of Béla Tarr's work. With each film that came before, he pushed to create a new kind of cinema. There aren't many films that are perfect, but this is one of them.

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had to take a minute to slow down my college-student-caffeinated brain before watching this, but it was well worth it. incredible film.

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Yes, relentlessly bleak. But this film has something to say about the human spirit's capacity to endure. I am reminded of Beckett.

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For the first hour you wonder what is going on. For the second hour you realize nothing much is going on (e.g. you are actually watching a movie that will shoot, repeatedly, someone getting water out of a well in real time). Finally, somewhere just over two hours you begin to admire what is going on!

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Beautiful scenery, in and out, with the black and white worth a masterpiece. Somber photography, seemed monotonous but you hardly wait for the next scene, what is going to happen, who is going to show, what is over the hill.the music was perfect for each scene. The constant relentless wind just accomplished the tortured personas.

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Absolutely one of the greatest films ever. It will drain you, exhaust you, with its insistent, repetitive images and actions until you feel what you are seeing: the total exhaustion of these lives.

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This film should come with a warning. It is very depressing, and should not be viewed by sensitive individuals. That being said, yes, it is as brilliant as others have said. Showing the futility of our existence. If you agree with existentialism, you need to watch this.

I don't know if you'll see this comment, but your feedback is helpful. The summary describes the beating of a horse. It would also be helpful to know if this film contains actual animal cruelty.

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An absolute masterpiece. Don't watch it with anybody who isn't in for it.

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totally love it _love Bela Tarr_magic_everything about it is amazing & wonderful_totally beautiful

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well worth jt

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Per the description there is no horse being beaten in the beginning of the film. But, for those who can't tolerate any level of unnecessary displays of aggression or abuse, it comes later on at about 35-40 minutes. It boggles me why film producers think this is necessary - we're in the 21st century after all - even Hungarians should have better standards standards. Fandor should warn its viewers.

A perfect film. Gripping and bleak - those are fittingly the buzz words throughout the reviews you are reading here. The camera is always doing and seeing precisely what it must, the tedium and portents of doom continue piling on, the obvious connections to Nietzsche become more and more foreboding. This is both an art film and an intellectual film. And it is perfect.

A film of immense philosophical importance and great artistic vision. A masterpiece, a great work of art, a life changing experience.

Bleak, Black & what a Beauty!! Bela Tarr's "last" film. Stick with it, you will be rewarded at the end. Beautifully shot.

His use of cinematic space and time makes Béla Tarr unparalleled as an auteur. This alleged last film draws you in.

Fandor is doing an excellent job with making these fims accessible to an audience at large.

A film exposing quiet desperation and showing that life does not always get better.. Here is a chance to "walk a mile" in their shoes....Beautifully filmed, one can almost taste the dust and smell and feel the mushy flesh of the boiled potatoes...

Slow, bleak and beautiful. Like watching paint dry, in the Sistine Chapel.