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      The Turin Horse

      Released Feb 10, 2012 2h 26m Drama List
      89% Tomatometer 63 Reviews 77% Audience Score 2,500+ Ratings A monumental windstorm and an abused horse's refusal to work or eat signals the beginning of the end for a poor farmer and his daughter. Read More Read Less

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      Uncompromisingly bold and hauntingly beautiful, Bela Tarr's bleak parable tells a simple story with weighty conviction.

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      J. Hoberman This great poem on the end of the world is truly a film for the ages. It can't really be described, but only lived. Sep 18, 2014 Full Review Mark Feeney Boston Globe "The Turin Horse" is a parable, which means it's both very simple and very weighty. It's not about event and emotion, but duration and endurance. Rated: 3.5/4 Jun 28, 2012 Full Review Kieron Corless Sight & Sound [Tarr's] most direct and overtly compassionate film. Jun 18, 2012 Full Review Jordan M. Smith Béla Tarr's supposed career finale is a supreme metaphysical meditation on death and human cruelty that lulls us into a state of despondent surrender with simplistic repetition and a truly vexing soundtrack. Nov 19, 2020 Full Review Vladan Petkovic Cineuropa Perfect framing. Aug 11, 2020 Full Review Josh Larsen LarsenOnFilm ...austerely captures humanity's basic struggle, while recognizing in that struggle a certain dignity. Rated: 3.5/4 Jan 16, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Cake v I saw this at first armed with pop-corn and a large drink, a few months after it came out. I was worried the movie would be too long, but at the end I felt sad it ended. (Or did it end?) Yes, this has the signature long takes of Tarr. But every frame could be an amazing photograph by itself, so I loved it. I found it extremely funny (in a dark way). My favorite actor was the horse. Seriously, so expressive. On the second viewing I heard some tips from the director. He said the movie is about how artists (like him) perceive their days, the creation process, getting funding, etc. That just made the movie even better for me. I watched it a few more times since, it's still great. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/15/23 Full Review J. D Grimly beautiful poetry. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 08/07/21 Full Review david l Bela Tarr makes films that are difficult to get invested in. The Turin Horse is slow, overlong and quite repetitive. What he was trying to say could and should have been achieved with a significantly reduced runtime. Also, I did not like what he had to say either as the movie's nihilistic, misanthropic outlook on life is too one-sided and grim. The audio-visuals, though, are impeccable. The photography is simply stunning in its artistry while the very menacing, brilliant score immaculately accompanies the movie's very dark tone. Thus, I appreciated it artistically speaking, but I was bored endlessly watching it. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member While some may regard The Turin Horse as an exercise in pointless drudgery, my own feeling is that the film's minimalism elevates drudgery to the status of art in a fashion which would make Nietzsche proud. The viewer is lulled into a stupefying hypnotic state which culminates in an overt invitation to shatter the insidious cycle of mass catatonia, in as pure an expression of Eternal Return ever envisioned for the medium of cinema. Having witnessed this work which amounts to a peculiarly pleasurable trial by fire (or more appropriately, by smoldering embers), the thoughtful viewer is inevitably left pondering the trajectory of his or her own life, intimating the rare possibility of a film experience serving as a positive agent of actual change. To view this film is to meditate on emptiness, transforming the mind into a blank canvas ready to inspire an entirely new arrangement of creative patterns. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review raphael g The cinematography is astounding. The textures are great. The patience, the storm. It's like we are living there with them, trying to weather the tempest. What a pessimistic ending though. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member If you have any existential depression, then watch and wait for dying. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis A monumental windstorm and an abused horse's refusal to work or eat signals the beginning of the end for a poor farmer and his daughter.
      Béla Tarr, Ágnes Hranitzky
      Cinema Guild
      Original Language
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Feb 10, 2012, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Mar 23, 2017
      2h 26m
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