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A torinói ló (2011)

Not Rated | | Drama | 31 March 2011 (Hungary)
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A rural farmer is forced to confront the mortality of his faithful horse.

Directors:

Béla Tarr, Ágnes Hranitzky (co-director)

Writers:

László Krasznahorkai (screenplay), Béla Tarr (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
János Derzsi ... Ohlsdorfer
Erika Bók ... Ohlsdorfer's daughter
Mihály Kormos ... Bernhard
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ricsi Ricsi ... Horse
Mihály Ráday Mihály Ráday ... Narrator (voice)
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1889. German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche witnessed the whipping of a horse while traveling in Turin, Italy. He tossed his arms around the horse's neck to protect it then collapsed to the ground. In less than one month, Nietzsche would be diagnosed with a serious mental illness that would make him bed-ridden and speechless for the next eleven years until his death. But whatever did happen to the horse? This film, which is Tarr's last, follows up this question in a fictionalized story of what occurred. The man who whipped the horse is a rural farmer who makes his living taking on carting jobs into the city with his horse-drawn cart. The horse is old and in very poor health, but does its best to obey its master's commands. The farmer and his daughter must come to the understanding that it will be unable to go on sustaining their livelihoods. The dying of the horse is the foundation of this tragic tale. Written by Anonymous

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Language:

Hungarian | German

Release Date:

31 March 2011 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Le cheval de Turin See more »

Filming Locations:

Budapest, Hungary See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,145, 12 February 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$53,690, 8 July 2012
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Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Béla Tarr says that the film is about the "heaviness of human existence". See more »

Quotes

Bernhard: Theirs is the moment... nature, infinite silence.
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22 May 2012 | by mschleeSee all my reviews

This flick is the most relentlessly, pointlessly dark film in history. It's like David Lynch made a cruel parody of Ingmar Bergman at his worst. Don't watch it if you've ever had a single suicidal thought or you might not live to see the credits. I've never been so happy for a film to end.

I'd write a spoiler but there's nothing to spoil. The wind sound loops, the music loops and the plot drags on like a funeral march for 2.5 miserable hours. The trees and the grass in the background don't move in the gale force wind. It's like these two schmucks have their own personal dust storm that follows them wherever they go.

If the girl had two brain cells to rub together she'd smother the old man in his sleep and move to the nearest city.


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