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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 »
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  (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
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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76 out of 133 people found the following review useful.
You've got to have something better to do, 28 June 2012
Author: SteveMierzejewski from Poland

I get real tired of pretentious critics trying to make something out of nothing. Experimental/artistic film makers get away with producing drivel only by using the naiveté and over-active imagination of viewers too afraid to look unsophisticated by telling the truth. I've gone to a number of such festivals and all I can say is that if you ever worry about having psychological problems, watch some of these experimental films. You will suddenly realize how normal you are.

I would love to see a movie based on Nietzsche's life. That's the lure that got me to watch the film. Don't be fooled. This is a misinterpretation of Nietzsche as looked at through the lens of existentialism. Nietzsche looked upward, not downward. Read Zarathustra. Sure, he criticized the fact that noble nature's have been subsumed by Christian values, but that was because he reached for those higher values. This film glorifies the mundane. Nietzsche would never have done that.

After an hour of watching people eat a potato (utter nonsense), or enjoying the thrill of a wild trip to the well to get water, the film's most dramatic moment arrives. On a particularly exciting evening when the near-mute father and daughter are watching clothes dry (I only wish I was making this up) a guest arrives. He spouts off some viewpoints that are obliquely Nietzshean and leaves. Then, it's back to the potatoes, wind, dismal music, and clothes drying. The film follows six days in the lives of the world's most vegetative humans. In truth, you would get more emotional angst from a celery stalk. It is not filmed in real time, but it feels as though it is.

Oh yeah, the horse. The horse supplies the intellectual content for the film. The horse dreams of having an opposable thumb so that he can pick up a pistol and shoot himself. Since he cannot, he develops an elaborate scheme of making his owner so angry that the owner will do this for him. Alas, the plan goes awry when the owner realizes he is trapped in a huge philosophical dilemma: If I shoot the horse, I have no horse. To be or not to be, that is the farmer's question. Eventually, the horse, being a true stoic, understands that he can only control himself and not others. He, thus, decides to starve himself to death, as death by boredom would take too long. Does the horse succeed? Watch this two and a half hour film to find out.

So, in short, if you feel you have done something wrong and deserve to be punished, watch this film. Your sins and those of all your ancestors will be forgiven. Thus spake Zarathustra.

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