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The Turin Horse -- A rural farmer is forced to confront the mortality of his faithful horse.


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László Krasznahorkai (screenplay)
Béla Tarr (screenplay)
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31 March 2011 (Hungary) See more »
A rural farmer is forced to confront the mortality of his faithful horse. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
János Derzsi ... Ohlsdorfer
Erika Bók ... Ohlsdorfer's daughter
Mihály Kormos ... Bernhard
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Lajos Kovács ... Bernhard (voice)
Ricsi ... Horse
Mihály Ráday ... Narrator (voice)

Directed by
Béla Tarr 
Ágnes Hranitzky (co-director)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
László Krasznahorkai  screenplay
Béla Tarr  screenplay

Produced by
Martin Hagemann .... producer
Juliette Lepoutre .... producer
Marie-Pierre Macia .... producer
Elizabeth Redleaf .... executive producer
Mike S. Ryan .... executive producer
Gábor Téni .... producer
Ruth Waldburger .... producer
Christine K. Walker .... executive producer
Original Music by
Mihály Vig 
Cinematography by
Fred Kelemen 
Film Editing by
Ágnes Hranitzky 
Production Design by
László Rajk 
Production Management
Kata Czigler .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yann-Eryl Mer .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Nick Biscardi .... commentary re-recordist
János Csáki .... sound recordist
Csaba Erös .... sound recordist
Gábor ifj. Erdélyi .... sound mixer
Gábor ifj. Erdélyi .... supervising sound editor
István Pergel .... sound recordist
Drew Weir .... voice recordist
Special Effects by
Zoltán Pataki .... special effects technician
Camera and Electrical Department
Tilman Büttner .... steadicam operator
Miklós Hajdu .... gaffer
Zsolt Jámbor .... grip
Tamás Jánossa .... "a"camera focus puller
Robert Patzelt .... steadicam operator
Marcus Pohlus .... steadicam operator
Gábor Szeles .... best boy
Editorial Department
Donovan Kosters .... dcp mastering
László Kovács .... colorist
Judit Szép .... film grader

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Also Known As:
"A torinói ló" - Hungary (original title)
"Nietzsche's Horse" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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146 min
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The movie is made up of only 30 takes.See more »
Bernhard:Theirs is the moment... nature, infinite silence.See more »


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77 out of 96 people found the following review useful.
Cinema dies with Béla Tarr., 30 September 2011
Author: eraserdead from United Kingdom

The Turin Horse is a film that works off the story of one of Nietzche's final encounters where he supposedly wrapped his arms around a horse crying. Of the story, Tarr asks "What happened to the horse?" - and thus The Turin Horse was born. The film takes place at the turn-of-the- century and recreating that kind of atmosphere is hard but Tarr manages to do it magnificently, creating sets and buildings out of stone and wood especially for the film. Originally devised in the late 80s and postponed and delayed by various people for various reasons, it stands out on it's own from any of Tarr's previous works for two reasons. The first is that it's Tarr's last and for most that will be a sign of defeat for cinema - I feel the same way - but for some it will pass them by without even noticing. The second is the visceral performances from the two central characters. Father and daughter. An hour into the film they are met by a visitor spouting Nietzche-like philosophies but is cast out by the father calling it horse manure. The only other appearances come from a group of gypsies and the narration by Tarr himself. The film follows the daily life of the father and daughter as they sleep, eat, dress and look after their ailing horse who's health slowly deteriorates as the film progresses. Tarr's trademark, uncompromising 10-15 minute single shots, either entice the viewer or make them incredibly uncomfortable and it's no different here than in Satan's Tango or Damnation. The cinematography is always the utmost magnificent thing about any of his films and it is absolutely splendid here - bear in mind the film contains a minimal 30 takes. It remains among the best of any Tarr film even managing to overcome the odds set by the beautiful Werckmeister Harmonies. Not to mention the incredible score which is laden throughout the entire piece - the main motif is haunting and will undoubtedly be stuck in my mind for days. Where the score isn't the harsh sound of gale force winds fly through the frame. The wind sets the perfect tone for the center of the movie where we come to terms with the similarity of this families' day to day lives. As the film comes to a close the routines work their way back into the film and you're left wondering how anyone can even stomach it any longer. The characters are heavily undeveloped but the way their routine and daily life is presented one can only express sympathy for their plight and watch as their story unfolds either to their benefit or to their dismay. Tarr has obviously done this on purpose - leaving the human aspect of this film to the very end and sacrificing it for the feelings of the titular animal which serves as the center of this, Béla Tarr's last masterpiece. While the opening 20 minutes contain no dialogue bar the opening narration, the ending is an incredible parallel as the final 15 minutes are played out in complete darkness, ending with Tarr's narration - followed by an ending to be remembered for a long long time to come. A premature death for cinema. Or is it? Only time will tell.

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