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

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Directors:
Writers:
László Krasznahorkai (screenplay)
Béla Tarr (screenplay)
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Release Date:
31 March 2011 (Hungary) See more »
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A rural farmer is forced to confront the mortality of his faithful horse. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Highly oblique existentialist parable See more (41 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
János Derzsi ... Ohlsdorfer
Erika Bók ... Ohlsdorfer's daughter
Mihály Kormos ... Bernhard
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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 Management
Czigler Kata .... 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
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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Runtime:
146 min
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Béla Tarr says that the film is about the "heaviness of human existence".See more »
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Bernhard:Theirs is the moment... nature, infinite silence.See more »

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34 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
Highly oblique existentialist parable, 19 June 2011
Author: oOgiandujaOo from United Kingdom

Tarr's self-proclaimed last film is as open to interpretation as any movie ever was. The film follows a man, his daughter, and their horse as they struggle to survive during hard times in the late nineteenth century. It's a simple, practically minimalist movie with all the repetition that aesthetic implies, gradually coming to a crescendo that's somewhat reminiscent on a small scale of the disharmony the develops in a previous film, Werckmeister Harmonies.

The idea for the movie came from an apocryphal story (Tarr doesn't label it as such) about Nietzsche's time in Turin, which relates how the philosopher broke down upon witnessing a carriage driver whip his horse. The filmmakers were interested to look at what happened next for the horse. They also see the incident as representing a sincere recantation of all his works by the philosopher (or heavily imply so). One can apprehend from listening to Tarr that he believes Nietzsche was little more than a psychotic, responsible for promulgating a decline in values. The film depicts such a decline, though any actual link to Nietzsche other than by free association and any substantive intellectual link to the Turin episode are tenuous at best.

Tarr announced in the Q&A following the UK Premiere of Turin Horse at the Edinburgh International Film Festvial, that he felt "something's wrong", in a grand sense. The Turin Horse reflects this concern. What exactly is wrong is left almost entirely up to you as the viewer to determine. There's one clear allusion to watching television, but other than that the symptomatology and etiology of modern malaise is open to question. You could say that was a weakness of the movie, someone who believes that free migration and rights for gays are the cause for societal decay, would be equally at home watching this movie as someone who points towards revolutions in social media and the society of spectacle.

Patricularly given that no root cause is identified, Tarr and co leave themselves open to charges of the familiar canard of archaism - supposing that the past was a safer more moral and ingenious place. The artist Jeff Koons has perhaps the best counterarguments to Tarr's perspective on modern life. His stated mission is to "remove bourgeois guilt and shame in responding to banality" (highlighting the snobbery of those who cling to traditional values), whereas Tarr's is perhaps to stoke it. I suppose what side you take depends on whether you see someone fragging on a PlayStation and think "good for them", or whether you bemoan their lack of appetite for self-improvement or meaningful interaction with others. In the Q&A at the Edinburgh Film Festival Tarr said that he thinks that people spend too much time stuck in front of screens waiting forlornly for something to happen, part of a sort of technological cargo cult if you will.

On a gut level I felt the film went quickly; although empirically it's well over two hours long, it's definitely mesmerising. I've felt for a time that the best way to appreciate Werckmeister Harmonies is as narrative music, as a kind of prelude and fugue, similarly The Turin Horse works well simply in terms of rhythm and visual tone, as a meaningless sketch of the interaction of three hardy entities.

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