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Sunday 14th October 5:00 PM

The Turin Horse (A Torinói ló)

Director: Béla Tarr/Ágnes Hranitzky Country: Hungary
Cert: 15 Year: 2011 Length: 145 mins Language: Hungarian
The Turin Horse

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Audience Reaction

Score: 66% Attendance: 73



  • More details on this film at the Internet Movie Database


Béla Tarr has not made many films, but has had critical acclaim for triumphs such as (‘Werckmeister Harmóniák (2000)’, ‘Sátántangó (1994)’) He tells us this is to be his last movie and he has chosen to sign off with an apocalyptic, end of days story.

He begins by telling us that Nietzsche watched a horse being mistreated and was so upset he never worked again, never recovered, dying eleven years later. Tarr’s film then imagines the life of the unknown horse, following the horse and its owner through six days on a subsistence farm, where the horse refuses to drink or work and their subsistence, their very existence is threatened.

A bleak film, certainly, but one which critics and audiences alike have praised.


open_quote The movie exerts an eerie grip, with echoes of Bresson, Bergman and Dreyer, but is utterly distinctive close_quote Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

open_quote Thrilling, beautiful and nearly heartstopping close_quote Nigel Andrews, Ft


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